With more than 30 years of focused experience, Patricia advises clients on applicable planning and zoning laws, prepares and processes land use applications, and obtains project approvals, including environmental and regulatory permits. Patricia’s practice emphasizes local government and land use law representing both private and public sector clients. She advises these clients on all aspects of land use law, including the application of affordable housing and density bonus laws, as well as SB 35, which allows ministerial approvals of qualifying affordable housing projects.
She has worked with landowners and developers of commercial, industrial, residential and agricultural property, including wine growers, wineries and related businesses; shopping center owners; hotel/resort owners; educational institutions; public agencies; and hospitals and other medical facilities.
In addition to representing both public and private sector clients, she serves as legal counsel to nine Geologic Hazard Abatements Districts (GHADs). In addition, she counsel’s other GHADs and similar entities on specific GHAD related issues and represents property owners, cities and counties in forming GHADs. She also serves as Secretary to the California Association of GHADs. The Association of GHADs is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving, enhancing and promoting the effectiveness of GHADs in California and promoting the utilization of GHADs in the prevention, mitigation, abatement, and control of geological hazards. She has written several articles and papers on issues relating to GHAD formation and implementation.
Patricia has presented and written extensively on land use-related topics. She is one of two authors of a national land use publication, "State & Local Government Land Use Liability" (West Group)