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From the planning commission to city council to the U.S. Congress, companies need help navigating the legislative and regulatory processes that can affect them, as well as a strong voice to advocate their position before governmental bodies. Lowenthal APC has the experience to represent a wide range of industries, businesses, trade groups and individuals at every level of government, particularly throughout Yolo County. We understand how government works, with team members whose substantial political and legal experience includes former Davis City Councilmember, Rochelle Swanson, who has spent nearly the last 20 years in law, land use consulting, and with the City. Rochelle’s focus has always been on telecommunications and local building and development.

Our particular strength is handling all permitting and compliance issues for clients seeking to locate and develop new sites, relocate or expand operations in Yolo County. Our land use and zoning lawyers are knowledgeable, skilled negotiators who can produce results when dealing with local governments, including boards of supervisors, city councils, zoning boards and planning and redevelopment agencies, as well as state and federal agencies that oversee environmental and land use issues. We are equipped to assist with projects that need guidance through the approval process, including, for example, hotels, shopping centers, urban infill, office buildings, residential developments and apartment complexes. We also have experience working with cannabis farmers and manufacturers who are struggling with local government caution and negative publicity.


To ensure that the land for real estate and development projects has the appropriate zoning and required permits and approvals, we work closely with local government officials, analyze local land development codes, zoning ordinances, development regulations and other restrictions and requirements to ensure that they do not conflict with a client’s proposed project. Our efforts will help you obtain the necessary government permits and zoning approvals you need for your project. From there, we will also be able to effectively negotiate development agreements, easements, licenses and other agreements that may be required for project completion.


Because any company or organization can be directly affected by project proposals and governmental activity, you need a strong presence among decision makers and vigilant cultivation of support from legislative and regulatory bodies that have an impact on your operations. We have the knowledge of and contacts at the local, state and federal levels to address such legislative or regulatory problems, and are familiar enough with the inner-workings of local government offices to know how to approach various issues and requests. When you work with Lowenthal, you also benefit from our ability to work with policy stakeholders (from media outlets to community activists), both those who are sympathetic to your interests and those whose concerns could be disruptive unless skillfully addressed. Ultimately, together we will strive to achieve broad public support for your project through tactical government relations and public outreach.

Please contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your land use or zoning concerns.