Development Agreements: Contracting for Vested Rights from Public and Private Perspectives
A live 90-minute CLE video webinar with interactive Q&A
This CLE webinar will offer recommendations structuring and drafting the most important and heavily negotiated terms in Development Agreements between land owners and developers, on the one hand, and local governments, on the other. The panel will cover contracting for vested rights, including key provisions such as term duration and “applicable law” definition, and how to tailor remedies and damages provisions to avoid and minimize the potential for litigation or dispute. The program will also identify common types of breaches, litigation prerequisites, common defenses, typical limited damages, and strategies to avoid litigation.
- Introduction & Overview Development Agreements
- Development Agreement Statute & local ordinances
- Primary Purposes
- Mandatory Provisions
- Optional Provisions
- Approval and Amendment Process and Requirements
- Typical Developer Benefits
- Typical Public Agency Benefits
- Negotiating Key Provisions including Scope of Vested Rights, Length of Term (including extensions), Applicable Law Definition, Force Majeure
- Defaults and Remedies
- Standard or Typical Provisions
- Recommendations for Tailored Remedies for Defaults
- Recommendations for Drafting Terms to Avoid Ambiguity
- Process for Notices of Violation and Prerequisites to Legal Action
- Typical Claims and Defenses
- Review of Development Agreement Published Cases
- Case Studies & Q&A [time allowing]
The panel will review these and other key issues:
- Tips for drafting to avoid disputes and litigation
- What is the role of force majeure?
- How to balance developer’s desire to maximize scope of vesting protection with public agency’s desire to retain flexibility to address changing community needs and desires?
- What types of changes in land use would not breach a typical development agreement?
- What remedies are common?
Holland & Knight
Ms. Plume is the executive partner of Holland & Knight's San Francisco office, with more than 23 years of... | Read More
Ms. Plume is the executive partner of Holland & Knight's San Francisco office, with more than 23 years of experience in complex land use and environmental law. She represents project proponents in land use and environmental permitting, compliance and due diligence matters for complex land use, development and redevelopment projects, including acquisition of public property. Ms. Plume's practice includes all aspects of land use entitlements, including development agreements and other specialty land use contracts, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Planning Law, Subdivision Map Act, State Density Bonus Law and Housing Accountability Act.Close
Gerald J. Ramiza
Burke, Williams & Sorensen
Mr. Ramiza’s practice emphasizes real estate transactional, land use, and public/private partnership development... | Read More
Mr. Ramiza’s practice emphasizes real estate transactional, land use, and public/private partnership development matters. He represents private clients and public agencies throughout California in connection with complex real estate and land use matters and transactions. Mr. Ramiza's work includes forward planning, assisting with development, land use, entitlement, design review, and permitting processes, environmental review, and CEQA/NEPA compliance. He routinely handles negotiation and documentation of purchase, sale, easement, lease and financing transactions; asset management (including loan administration, property management and landlord/tenant matters); negotiation and drafting of complex development agreements; foreclosures; public trust and tidelands transactions; surplus lands dispositions; workouts and secured transactions; and ancillary matters such as title insurance review, due diligence, environmental risk allocation and hazardous materials/ Brownfields matters. With over 15 years of experience in the redevelopment arena, Mr. Ramiza is assisting successor agencies throughout the state in the implementation of the redevelopment dissolution act, ABx1 26. He also advises public agency clients in connection with the ferry-system transactions, affordable housing, federal contracting/BRAC process, utilization of federal grants, lease and parking revenue financing and assessment districts.Close