Spaces are still available! William Abbott and Harriet Steiner will teach a joint virtual course on June 26, 2020 titled, “Vested Rights, Vesting Maps and Development Agreements.” The seminar is hosted by UC Davis Extension.

Class Description:

Development agreements are an effective avenue for a community and developer to come together and process a project. Both sides of the table need to carefully consider the terms of these contracts and explore questions of content and performance before completing such an agreement. Learn the legislative and judicial aspects of development agreements.

Examine the legal basis for development agreements and the overlap between agreements and vesting subdivision maps. Participants will learn the negotiation process, identify, and discuss the range of options available when negotiating a development agreement, and review the theoretically possible agreement. Consider the key points of an agreement, learn ways to assist in understanding the needs of the other side and select the players to conduct the negotiation.

Topics include:

  • Common law vested rights
  • Legal review
  • Development agreements vs. vested maps
  • The Development Agreement Statute
  • Key terms and alternative approaches
  • Considerations in negotiating the agreement
  • Contents of an agreement
  • Testing the waters
  • Paper control: who drafts the document
  • Enforceability
  • How to implement agreements
  • What happens following the expiration of an agreement

The instructors will also address the 2019 housing legislation which establishes forms of vesting impacting housing projects.

When: Friday, June 26, 2020

Where: Online Class

Cost: $360

Register with the following link:

 Questions, please contact UC Davis Extension at 530-757-8777 or   

William W. Abbott is Of Counsel at Abbott & Kindermann, Inc.  For questions relating to this article or any other California land use, real estate, environmental and/or planning issues contact Abbott & Kindermann, Inc. at (916) 456-9595.

The information presented in this article should not be construed to be formal legal advice by Abbott & Kindermann, Inc., or the formation of a lawyer/client relationship. Because of the changing nature of this area of the law and the importance of individual facts, readers are encouraged to seek independent counsel for advice regarding their individual legal issues.