Abbott & Kindermann, LLP

Abbott & Kindermann, Inc. attorneys provide a broad spectrum of legal services for private and public clients in all aspects of land use law. The firm has extensive experience serving developers, property owners, and public agencies throughout the Central Valley and Northern California.

Practice areas include state and local planning and zoning laws, the Subdivision Map Act, the California Environmental Quality Act, general plans, development agreements, exactions and dedications, assessment district formation, acquisition due diligence, and local ordinance compliance.

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By William Abbott and Kristen Kortick Berkeley Hills Watershed Coalition v. City of Berkeley (2019) 31 Cal.App.5th 880. Real parties filed for approvals to construct three homes on contiguous parcels in Berkeley hills. The City Board of Zoning Adjustment found that the proposed construction qualified for a Class 3 exemption (new construction of small structures.) Appellants contested the Board’s decision granting a categorical exemption citing the following causes of action: “1) the location exception…
Cure Title Problems That May Cause Future Disputes Some of the most common title defects practitioners face each year involve easement, encroachment and setback issues.  For more information and to register click the following link for the seminar webpage: Easement/Encroachment/Setback Issues in Title
Class Description Stay up-to-date on recent developments in California law affecting land use, planning and environmental compliance. Experts from the field provide succinct and practical analysis on recent case law and significant legislative and administrative changes that took effect this year. Schedule: March 15, 2019 – Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Galleria, 2901 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95816 Instructors: Cecily Talbert Barclay, Matthew Gray, and William Abbott For more information click here:…
Reserve your seat for one of four seminars taking place in early 2019. In January and February 2019 Abbott & Kindermann, Inc. will present its 18th annual educational program for clients and colleagues interested in current land use, environmental, and real estate issues affecting commercial and residential development, agriculture, real estate transactions, easements, mining and the construction materials production industry. A summary of 2018 case law and legislative updates includes the following hot topics for…
Reserve your seat for one of four seminars taking place in early 2019. In January and February 2019 Abbott & Kindermann, Inc. will present its 18th annual educational program for clients and colleagues interested in current land use, environmental, and real estate issues affecting commercial and residential development, agriculture, real estate transactions, easements, mining and the construction materials production industry. A summary of 2018 case law and legislative updates includes the following hot topics for…
Welcome to Abbott & Kindermann, Inc.’s 2018 Annual 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 are denoted by bold italic fonts. A.  2017 CEQA Update To read the 2017 cumulative CEQA review, click here: B.  Cases Pending There are 2 CEQA cases pending at the California Supreme Court. The cases, listed newest to oldest, and the Court’s summaries are as follows:…
On December 28, 2018, the Natural Resources Agency adopted the final text to a comprehensive update to CEQA. Significant changes to the regulations include addressing global climate change and the affordable housing shortage. Significant improvements include proactive analysis of impacts for wildfires, greenhouse gas emissions, and transportation impacts. Climate change benchmarks within the guidelines were crafted to coincide with the State’s climate action plans. The Office of Administrative Law completed review of the Final Text…
United States v. California, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 188306 (E.D.Ca., Nov. 1, 2018, case no. 2:18-cv-721 The federal government owns 45.8 million acres of land in California, which is roughly 46 percent of the state’s total landmass.  A large portion of that federal land is made up of natural areas, such as national parks, monuments, wilderness and wildlife reserves. According to the California Legislature, “[s]hould the federal government decide to sell off this land or…
-In re United States, ___ S.Ct. ___, 2018 U.S.LEXIS 6514 (U.S.Sup.Ct., Nov. 2, 2018, case no. 18A410); -Kelsey Cascadia Rose Juliana, et al. v. United States (9th Cir., Jan. 7, 2019, case no. 18-36082); -United States v. United States District Court (In re United States), 2018 U.S.App.LEXIS 31961 (9th Cir., Nov. 8, 2018, case no. 18-73014);  -In re United States, 895 F.3d 1101 (9th Cir.2018.)-Juliana v. United States, _ F.Supp.3d _, 2018 U.S.Dist. LEXIS 176508 (D.Or., Oct.…
Abbott & Kindermann, Inc., an AV rated firm seeks a lateral attorney to help expand a preeminent California land use, public agency and environmental law practice located in Sacramento. Candidate must be highly motivated, self-sufficient and dedicated, with a solid work ethic. The firm serves public agency and private-sector clients on land use, state and federal environmental law matters, including the California Environmental Quality Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, and Clean Water…