2021 OC APA Legislative Update
Program Overview: On April 15, 2021, we held our annual legislative update. Presenters David Snow and Diana Varat of RWG Law recapped the most important bills that passed during the 2020 legislative session and reviewed some of the key legislative proposals that are moving so far in 2021. This program was similar to the California Chapter’s Legislative Update (which is typically more general in scope), but focused on the practical application of new and pending legislation as it applies to jurisdictions in Orange County.
A city attorney who specializes in land use and CEQA, Dave’s over 17 years of legal experience is built upon a decade of experience as a public agency planner. He is adept at guiding projects through the complex and often politically charged land use entitlement and CEQA process, and aiding public agencies in arriving at decisions that will withstand legal challenge.
Drawing from her background in urban planning, Diana Varat has advised dozens of public agencies in California on complex land use and housing matters. Diana has extensive experience preparing and reviewing general plan updates, specific plans, and zoning code amendments. Since the State’s passage of the 2017 Housing Package, Diana has focused her practice on compliance with California’s housing-related land use laws, including Housing Element Law, the Housing Accountability Act, the No Net Loss provisions, and SB 35. Diana frequently presents legislative updates to City staff, Planning Commissions, and City Councils to educate local officials on how best to comply with State law and simultaneously create vibrant communities. Diana has drafted numerous ordinances to implement housing element law on topics including: accessory dwelling units, inclusionary housing, density bonuses, emergency shelters, transitional and supportive housing, and reasonable accommodations procedures.