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William W. Abbott is Of Counsel in Abbott & Kindermann, Inc., a Sacramento-based law firm focusing on land use issues.  Mr. Abbott’s clients include public agencies, private developers, and property owners concerned with real estate development throughout California.  A long time instructor in land use law, Mr. Abbott also serves as an expert witness on California land use proceedings in state and federal court.

Mr. Abbott has also participated in numerous training programs for local planning departments, County Supervisors Association of California, League of California Cities, and the County Planning Directors’ Association.

Practice Areas:

  • Land use and planning law
  • Real estate law
  • Local government
  • CEQA, NEPA

Education:

  • J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 1978
  • B.A., University of California at Davis, 1974

Golden Door Properties, LLC v. Superior Court, 2020 Cal. App. LEXIS 710

In Golden Door Properties, LLC v. Superior Court, the Fourth Appellate District addressed several key issues involving the scope of a CEQA record of proceedings, including the question of what is the obligation of a lead agency to retain emails, and

By William W. Abbott, Diane Kindermann, Glen Hansen, and Daniel S. Cucchi

Welcome to Abbott & Kindermann, Inc.’s July Environmental Action News – Part 2. This summary provides brief updates on recent environmental cases, legislation, and administrative actions in 2020.

PREVIOUS MONTH’S UPDATE

To read the July 2020 Environmental Action News- Part 1 post,

Welcome to Abbott & Kindermann, Inc.’s July Real Estate Law Action News. This summary provides brief updates on recent environmental cases, legislation, and administrative actions in 2020. The case names of the newest decisions start with Section 3 and are denoted by bold italic fonts.

  1. PREVIOUS MONTH’S UPDATE

To read the June 2020 Environmental

By William Abbott and Jessica Melms

Redondo Beach Waterfront, LLC v. City of Redondo Beach (July 9, 2020) 2020 Cal.App.LEXIS 634.

In 2010, residents of Redondo Beach passed an initiative allowing the City to establish a public-private partnership for development of the Redondo Beach King Harbor Pier waterfront area. The initiative (“Measure G”) sought to

By William Abbott, Diane Kindermann, Glen Hansen, and Daniel Cucchi

Welcome to Abbott & Kindermann, Inc.’s July Environmental Action News – Part 1. This summary provides brief updates on recent environmental cases, legislation, and administrative actions in 2020.

1. PREVIOUS MONTH’S UPDATE

To read the June 2020 Environmental Action News post, click here: https://blog.aklandlaw.com/2020/06/articles/ak-news/land-use-law-blog-june-environmental-action-news/

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By William W. Abbott, Diane Kindermann, Glen Hansen, and Daniel S. Cucchi

Welcome to Abbott & Kindermann’s 2020 2nd Quarter cumulative CEQA update. This summary provides links to more in-depth case write-ups on the firm’s blog. The case names of the newest decisions start with Section 3 and are denoted by bold italic fonts.

By William Abbott and Jessica Melms

North Murrieta Community LLC v. City of Murrieta, 2020 Cal.App.LEXIS 496 (Cal.App.4th Dist. June 8, 2020).

Developers acquire protection from changing land use laws through vesting tentative maps or development agreements. In many situations, a development project may include vesting maps and a development agreement, and occasionally, these vesting

Welcome to Abbott & Kindermann, Inc.’s June Environmental Action News. This summary provides brief updates on recent environmental cases, legislation, and administrative actions in 2020.

  1. PREVIOUS MONTH’S UPDATE

To read the May 2020 Environmental Action News post, click here: https://blog.aklandlaw.com/2020/05/articles/land-use-law-blog-may-environmental-action-news/

  1. CASES PENDING AT THE CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT

There is one case pending at the

Welcome to Abbott & Kindermann, Inc.’s June Real Estate Law Action News. This summary provides brief updates on recent environmental cases, legislation, and administrative actions in 2020. The case names of the newest decisions start with Section 3 and are denoted by bold italic fonts.

  1. PREVIOUS MONTH’S UPDATE

 To read the May 2020 Environmental

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