Christie’s practice focuses on land use, planning and zoning law, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance, and general municipal law. She assists cities and other public agency clients in navigating the entitlement process, and has extensive experience with permitting, environmental review, development agreements, zoning ordinance compliance, General and Specific Plan compliance, conditional use permits, the Subdivision Map Act, the Brown Act, and the Political Reform Act. She specializes in drafting and reviewing CEQA documents, and regularly advises clients on CEQA issues.
Christie is currently the Assistant City Attorney for the City of Hercules and General Counsel for the Diablo Community Service District. Her general municipal work involves advising a variety of administrative and legislative bodies including city councils, planning commissions, and design review boards. She specializes in drafting and reviewing staff reports, resolutions, ordinances, CEQA documents and findings, and General and Specific Plans and plan policies. Christie has advised municipal clients on a variety of topical and environmentally sensitive zoning amendments, including amendments to ordinances governing accessory dwelling units, signs, special events, and cannabis. She has also given presentations on CEQA issues to local city attorney organizations, most recently on the comprehensive update to the CEQA Guidelines. Christie has been designated as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in the land use/zoning category every year since 2017.
Prior to joining the firm, Christie worked for the City Attorney’s Office for the City of San Pablo, where she served as general counsel to its Planning Commission, advising on land use, zoning, subdivisions, Brown Act and other public law issues. Christie earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in Spanish from UCLA in 2007, and graduated from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 2010. There, she earned the law school’s certificate in public interest law, and was the recipient of the Daniel J. Curtin Memorial Scholarship, an honor reserved for a student who shows dedication to the practice of land use and municipal law.