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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

Delta Stewardship Council Cases (Cal.Ct.App., April 10, 2020, cases nos. C082944, C086199) 2020 Cal.App.Unpub.LEXIS 2279.

In an unpublished decision, the Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District affirmed the trial court’s ruling that reduced the amount in attorney’s fees a plaintiff could collect under Code of Civil Procedure section 1021.5 after prevailing on only

Welcome to Abbott & Kindermann, Inc.’s Inaugural Real Estate Law Action News. This summary provides a follow-up to the Abbott & Kindermann Land Use Conference and Outline provided in January 2020 with new case summaries from 2020.

  1. PREVIOUS MONTH’S UPDATE

Abbott & Kindermann, Inc., will begin providing a monthly review for real estate law

Welcome to Abbott & Kindermann, Inc.’s Inaugural Environmental Action News. This summary provides a follow-up to the Abbott & Kindermann Land Use Conference and Outline provided in January 2020.

  1. PREVIOUS MONTH’S UPDATE

Abbott & Kindermann, Inc., will begin providing a monthly review for environmental law starting in April 2020. Check back next month for

Coalition for an Equitable Westlake/MacArthur Park v. City of Los Angeles, 2020 Cal.App. LEXIS 272

On March 3, 2017, the Director of Planning, serving as the “advisory agency” pursuant to the Subdivision Map Act, approved a negative declaration and vesting tentative map for a mixed use project consisting of a 220 room hotel, 41

2020 CEQA 1st QUARTER REVIEW

Welcome to Abbott & Kindermann’s 2020 1st 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.

  1. 2019 CEQA UPDATE

 To read the 2019 cumulative

Save the Agoura Cornell Knoll v. City of Agoura Hills (2020) 2020 Cal.App. LEXIS 222

Kate Wolf, singer/songwriter, phrased it well in her song Here in California: “It’s an old familiar story. An old familiar rhyme.” The familiar story in this blog is that of the fair argument standard, and the difficulty faced by

Environmental Council of Sacramento v. County of Sacramento (2020) 2020 Cal.App. LEXIS 175

The County of Sacramento approved a master planned community, a feature of which was a proposed university. Opponents filed a CEQA challenge arguing: (1) the uncertainty over whether the university would be constructed invalidated the project description and impact analyses for traffic,

Citizens for Positive Growth & Preservation v. City of Sacramento (2019) ___ Cal.App.5th ___.

In 2015, the City of Sacramento adopted an update to its general plan. The 2015 general plan amendment (“2015 Update”) was an update to a comprehensive 2030 plan adopted in 2009. The 2015 Update included an extension of the general plan

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City of Hesperia v. Lake Arrowhead Community Services District (2019) 37 Cal.App.5th 734.

In City of Hesperia v. Lake Arrowhead Community Services District (2019) 37 Cal.App.5th 734, the 4th  Appellate District affirmed a writ of mandate issued to Lake Arrowhead Community Services District (“District”) directing