April 2005

by William W. Abbott

In 1990, Terry Parkin, obtained approval of a tentative parcel map for a four lot residential development located in Orange County. The map approval included 37 conditions, some of which pertained to site grading. Sixteen months later, the Board of Supervisors adopted the Foothill/Trabuco Specific Plan (“FTSP”). The FTSP approval included development regulations, and development and design guidelines. In regards to grading, the FTSP development requirements specified that no grading could be approved unless the County first approved a site development permit or use permit. Continue Reading Appellate Court Reaffirms the Rule that the Rights Attached to an Approved Tentative Map are Limited

By William W. Abbott

As a further effort to promote affordable housing, the Legislature once again amended the density bonus law (Gov. Code, § 65915) to create additional opportunities for developers. With these revisions, the Legislature has incentivized construction and donation of land for inclusionary units as well as childcare facilities. Effective January 1, 2005, the law will operate as follows: Continue Reading Supersize this Project! The New Rules for Density Bonuses