LAND USE PROJECTS
*A representative list of Land Use Projects
Monterrey Village, San Antonio, Texas
My partnership acquired 260 acres of land near the confluence of two major freeways on the West side of San Antonio. The land was a conglomeration of different zonings left over from development approvals gained in the early 1980’s. No longer in conformance with current highest and best use, the land was re-programmed into 1,100 apartment units, 800,000 square feet of freeway retail, two select service hotels, a charter school and a variety of other, smaller uses. Using local land use counsel and a land planner with extensive master-planned community experience, the proposed re-zone of the property was approved in 2006. Subsequently, various land parcels were sold off to individual developer/builders.
750 Marlborough Avenue, Riverside, California
My partnership entered into a joint venture entitlement and development agreement with the owner of a 22-acre parcel, zoned industrial and situated at the back end of a local industrial park. The site was large enough to accommodate a 345,000 square foot concrete tilt-up building with 57 dock doors and 32-foot clear heights. The project approvals were processed through a Mitigated Negative Declaration document that incorporated the technical studies of several engineers, scientists, and architects. In total, the CEQA approval process required nearly two years. The project was controversial and difficult to entitle given its location on a 14% slope and adjacent to a mountain preserve. Additionally, the building was large enough to attract the attention from the local labor unions who opposed project approvals until a project labor agreement was signed.
El Monte Nature Preserve, San Diego County, California
My partnership took a controlling interest in an entity that owns 490 acres of land, zoned agricultural and sand extraction, in central San Diego County, in 2019. Entitlement and permit processing is currently underway through the development of an Environmental Impact Report. Current work entails coordinating all efforts between the lead agency, the EIR preparer, engineers, hydrologists, greenhouse gas specialists, traffic consultants, land reclamation planners, mining consultants, and land use counsel. EIR submittal date is scheduled for March, 2020, with a Board of Supervisors vote scheduled for January 2021.