William Abbott will teach a virtual course with pre-recorded material available from May 4-6, 2021, and a virtual live session on May 5, 2021, learning key provisions of the Subdivision Map Act. This seminar is hosted by UC Davis Extension.

Joining Bill this year will be Timothy Denham, AICP, LEED AP, and Dennis Barber, PLS, two guest speakers with extensive Subdivision Map Act experience. Mr. Denham is a Principal and Vice President for Urban Planning and Design at Wood Rogers, Inc. Mr. Barber is a Principal Land Surveyor for the Sacramento Survey Department of Wood Rogers. Mr. Denham and Mr. Barber will share their insights concerning the applicant’s perspective on the Subdivision Map Act.

Wood Rogers, Inc., is a Northern California engineering and planning firm headquartered in Sacramento with extensive experience in land development. Wood Rogers has offices in Sacramento, Roseville, Oakland, Reno, Las Vegas, Pleasanton, San Diego and San Dimas.

Class Description:

Learn key provisions of the Map Act, how it is applied in planning and development processes, recent legislative changes and new legal interpretations from court decisions and attorney general opinions. Explore both local agency and subdivider viewpoints and discuss legal and practical solutions.

Topics include:

  • Map Act scope, purpose and history
  • Relationship of the Map Act to planning, zoning and development laws, including CEQA
  • When the Map Act does and does not apply
  • Certificates of compliance and lot line adjustments
  • Map Act exemptions and exceptions
  • What type of map is required
  • Procedures and actions applicable to maps
  • The role of vested rights, including vesting maps, development agreements and common law vesting
  • Constitutional and statutory limitations on conditions of approval (exactions/dedications/fees)
  • Grounds for approval and denial of maps
  • Rules and procedures regarding final maps
  • Corrections and amendments to maps
  • Exclusions and reversions
  • Mergers and alternatives to mergers
  • Antiquated subdivisions (old maps) and troubled conveyances
  • Enforcement, local appeals and judicial review
  • Best practices for the private sector

When: Pre-recorded materials on Canvas May 4-6, 2021, live session May 5, 2021, from 1:00-3:00 PST

Where: Online Class

Cost: $360

Register with the following link: https://extension.ucdavis.edu/section/subdivision-map-act

Questions, please contact UC Davis Extension at 530-757-8777 or cpeinfo@ucdavis.edu   

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.