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Subdivision Map Act in California


Gain essential information for compliance with the SMA, and insights for how to maximize its benefits.

The Subdivision Map Act (SMA) includes a variety of requirements applicable to development in California and creates challenges and opportunities for project proponents. This presentation will provide participants with an overview of the law, its requirements, the mapping process, and recent changes in the law. It will also explain the vested rights that developers secure by mapping their projects, and how to maximize these benefits. The presentation will also cover the interplay between the SMA and recent changes in state housing law that create new opportunities for developers to secure development conditions and protect plans over the course of the development process. This topic will provide essential information for compliance with the SMA and insights for how to maximize its benefits.



David L. Preiss

David L. Preiss

Holland & Knight LLP

David Preiss

  • Partner, Holland & Knight
  • Practice emphasizes all aspects of land use, real estate, and surface mining law
  • Significant experience in all aspects of zoning and other land use matters for new and existing projects, as well as related land use and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) litigation and real property transactions.
  • Previously served as an Adjunct Professor at, University of California Law San Francisco (Hastings)
  • Co-author, California Subdivision Map Act and the Development Process (CEB) (1st ed.)
  • Wide recognition by The Best Lawyers in America guide, Northern California Super Lawyers, and The Legal 500.
  • Can be contacted at [email protected]
Nathaniel R. Bernstein

Nathaniel R. Bernstein

Holland & Kngiht

Nathaniel Bernstein

  • Associate, Holland & Knight
  • Practice emphasizes land use, environmental and energy law, and real estate.
  • Broad experience in land use due diligence and entitlement matters, as well as litigation under state housing production law and CEQA.
  • Can be contacted at [email protected]

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