• Bergman Dacey Goldsmith’s CEQA, Land Use, and Public Law practices contain three distinct and inter-related specialties: planning, compliance with state and federal regulations, and litigation.

    Bergman Dacey Goldsmith’s land use and environmental practice encompasses preparation of municipal planning and zoning ordinances, assistance in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”), the National Environment Policy Act (“NEPA”), and all manner of state and federal regulations. We also represent clients in inverse and direct condemnation actions.

    Bergman Dacey Goldsmith has a proven track record of successfully defending our clients in administrative hearings, in mediations, and in the courtroom.

    Specific CEQA / Land Use / Public Law experience includes:

    1. Bergman Dacey Goldsmith represented a non-profit corporation in a CEQA action to set aside a final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) issued in support of a proposed technology company development project that threatened to create a major negative impact on our client’s neighboring property. Bergman Dacey Goldsmith challenged the EIR on the grounds that it failed to properly analyze traffic and transportation, energy quality, shade and shadow, and building mass impacts on the environment. On the eve of the hearing for our client’s petition for a writ of mandate, Bergman Dacey Goldsmith negotiated a settlement that resolved all of our client’s concerns.
    2. In preparation for potential litigation, Bergman Dacey Goldsmith was brought in by an urban municipality to peer review and redraft the mandatory water quality analysis work of another counsel before it was provided to the developer’s counsel for a large urban redevelopment project. Based on Bergman Dacey Goldsmith’s work product, the project’s water quality issues were resolved to the municipality’s satisfaction.
    3. Bergman Dacey Goldsmith represented a school district in a CEQA action. Due to state budget cuts, the school district was forced to cut services, including busing. The local municipalities sued the school district under CEQA alleging that the District did not comply with CEQA when it cut bus services for students. Bergman Dacey Goldsmith successfully settled the lawsuit in a manner that did not require the client to pay any monies or take any new actions.
    4. Bergman Dacey Goldsmith represented a school district that proposed to relocate its bus yard to a new facility. Local residents and the local municipality complained about the possible negative impacts of the new facility and threatened to sue under CEQA. Bergman Dacey Goldsmith was able to convince the complaining parties that they would not be successful in litigation, and no CEQA lawsuit was filed.
    5. Bergman Dacey Goldsmith represented a school district in a CEQA action related to the closure of an elementary school. The local municipality sued the school district under CEQA alleging that the District did not comply with CEQA when it voted to close the elementary school. Bergman Dacey Goldsmith won at trial and the Plaintiff was required to pay the client’s costs.
    6. Bergman Dacey Goldsmith represents a school district that is seeking to replace its diesel busses with more efficient compressed natural gas busses, including the construction of a compressed natural gas fueling station. Bergman Dacey Goldsmith is advising the district on the local permitting and CEQA issues raised by the project.
    7. Bergman Dacey Goldsmith represented a homeowner’s association that challenged an EIR for the expansion of a commercial shopping center in the center city of Los Angeles. Bergman Dacey Goldsmith wrote a detailed comment letter and made presentations to the agency, and we achieved the homeowner’s association’s goals without having to file a writ action.
    8. Bergman Dacey Goldsmith represented a private corporation who opposed an EIR. When the responsible agency was unwilling to compromise on program changes and the EIR was final and approved, Bergman Dacey Goldsmith challenged the EIR by a writ on behalf of the private corporation. After fully briefing the issue, the responsible agency and the owner agreed during the mandatory settlement conference to the requirements of the private corporation, including set-backs and monetary compensation.
    9. Bergman Dacey Goldsmith represented a large California municipality in several aspects of their general plan to redevelop approximately 238 acres of land into a new mixed-use development of 3,000 dwelling units and 720,000 square feet of retail and office/commercial space. Bergman Dacey Goldsmith successfully counseled the municipality regarding their adoption of a Quimby fee ordinance development agreement.
    10. A large land owner filed suit against a municipality represented by Bergman Dacey Goldsmith, and sought to have an interim zoning ordinance declared void and also sought monetary damages for alleged restrictions imposed on their property. Bergman Dacey Goldsmith vigorously defended the municipality. The land owner dismissed their lawsuit before any judicial determination was made as to the validity of the subject ordinance without receiving any monetary damages from the municipality or any other benefit. The municipality freely enacted a permanent ordinance that promoted uses in the area of the property that would most benefit those in the community.
    11. Bergman Dacey Goldsmith drafted a municipality’s wireless facility ordinance and defended it from attack by wireless communication companies.

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