Natural Resources & Land Use Law

Kahn Soares & Conway, LLP's Natural Resources and Land Use Group relies on a unique multi-discipline approach to meet the needs of the firm's diverse clientele. The Group is comprised of attorneys with extensive experience in litigation and trial practice in state and federal courts as well as administrative and legislative activities at the state and federal level. The Group combines the best of the traditional law practice with an innovative government relations program and allows us to actively pursue proactive approaches to assist clients in achieving their goal.

The Natural Resources and Land Use Group assists clients by monitoring and interpreting the laws in this dynamic area through extensive agency contacts. The Group also provides legal analysis, consultation and negotiation with regulatory agencies and legislative bodies, and frequently prepares and presents testimony to such entities. Should the need arise, the Group has the expertise to protect client rights in state and federal court proceedings, and before state and federal administrative bodies.

The Natural Resource and Land Use Group's expertise includes air quality (California Clean Air Act, Toxic Hot Spots Assessment Act, and agricultural burn plans); Endangered Species Act (incidental/accidental takings, listings, critical habitat designation); land use (Williamson Act, C.E.Q.A. and condemnation); water quality (Clean Water Act, Porter-Cologne, and state and regional water quality control plans); Proposition 65 (listing and compliance); and agricultural and conservation easements.

As the state's population continues to grow, so too does the public interest in quality of life issues that underlie many environmental laws. The law in this area is changing faster than ever as state and federal officials attempt to balance the need for growth with the desire to protect our natural heritage. With its breadth of expertise and multi-discipline approach, KSC's Natural Resources and Land Use Group is uniquely qualified to work with clients in any of the numerous arenas in which these important issues can arise.