Dan Doporto specializes in land use planning, zoning and development law, and compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). He has more than 20 years of experience representing both public and private clients in administrative and judicial proceedings arising under the broad array of state laws and regulations affecting land use planning and development, including, among others:
- The Planning and Zoning Laws
- CEQA (The California Environmental Quality Act)
- The Subdivision Map Act
- The Development Agreement Laws
- The Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Act (The LAFCO statutes)
- The Williamson Act
- The Permit Streamlining Act
- The Water Supply Planning Laws (SB 610 and SB 221)
- The Mello-Roos Community Facilities Act
- The Mitigation Fee Act
- The Brown Act
- The Public Records Act
Dan specializes in advising both public and private clients on compliance with the state Planning and Zoning Laws and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). He has extensive experience processing, reviewing and ensuring the legal defensibility of applications and approvals of general plan amendments, specific plans and amendments, zoning and rezoning applications, use permits, all forms of subdivision applications and approvals, and other forms of land use approvals and permits, as well as the associated CEQA compliance procedures.
Dan has extensive experience developing and implementing creative and legally defensible approaches to CEQA compliance on a wide variety of public and private projects and approvals, and has advised on the preparation, certification and adoption of environmental impact reports (EIRs), negative declarations and mitigated negative declarations, addenda to previously-certified or adopted EIRs and negative declarations, and statutory and categorical exemptions to CEQA requirements.
Dan also specializes in assisting public clients to prepare, adopt and defend general plans, specific plans, and general plan and specific plan amendments; zoning ordinance amendments; amendments to subdivision ordinances; preparing and adopting mitigation and development impact fee ordinances and other municipal code ordinances; and preparing and processing applications to Local Agency Formation Commissions (LAFCOs) for annexations and sphere of influence amendments.
Dan has negotiated and drafted numerous statutory development agreements for both public and private clients, and negotiated and drafted amendments to previously-approved development agreements. He has coordinated the preparation of legally-defensible water supply assessments and water supply verifications with associated CEQA-compliant environmental review processes; coordinated the formation and adoption of community facilities districts with complex, multi-level entitlement processes; and negotiated and drafted utility infrastructure construction contracts necessary to deliver services to large-scale development projects.
On behalf of his public clients, Dan works closely with public agency counsel, officials and staff to ensure legal compliance for a wide variety of application review, processing and approval activities. On behalf of his private clients, Dan brings a cooperative, results-oriented approach to managing relationships with public agencies and guiding clients through entitlement and permit processes to obtain timely and legally-defensible permits and approvals.
Dan’s publications and presentations include the following:
- What Local Governments Should Know About Incentives and Concessions Under the Density Bonus Statute (Government Code Section 65915), Presentation to the Contra Costa County City Attorneys Association, January 2011
- SB 221: Panacea or Pandora’s Box?, Environmental Law News, Winter 2003 (co-authored with R. Clark Morrison)
- Where Does Final Approval Authority Lie for New Development in California?–The Long and Winding Road to SB 221 and SB 610, California Land Use Law & Policy Reporter, November 2001 (co-authored with R. Clark Morrison)
- Sometimes the Twain Shall Meet: Conservation and Development in the Natomas Basin, California Land Use Law & Policy Reporter, July 2001 (co-authored with R. Clark Morrison)
- A Judicial Variation of the Chicken and Egg Problem: Which Comes First, the People or the Water?, California Land Use Law & Policy Reporter, February 2000 (co-authored with R. Clark Morrison)
Dan received his law degree from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 1993, and has been a partner in the firm since 2004.