Timothy Taylor

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Tim Taylor helps residential, commercial and industrial developers achieve compliance with California’s numerous land use and environmental laws, with a particular focus on the California Environmental Quality Act and related litigation. During his more than 25-year career, Tim has also dealt extensively with a wide range of federal environmental laws, including the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act.

He also represents numerous public agency clients on state planning, zoning, development and environmental law matters. A partner in the firm’s Sacramento office, Tim has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Environmental Law, Land Use & Zoning Law from 2009 to 2019 and as their Sacramento Environmental Law “Lawyer of the Year” for 2012 and 2015 and Land Use & Zoning Law “Lawyer of the Year” for 2013.

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Is It Historical Under CEQA? Court Confirms Substantial Evidence Remains the Standard

Citizens for the Restoration of L Street v. City of Fresno, et al., No. F066498,(Cal. Ct. App. 5th Dist., August 28, 2014) In a two-part opinion, the Fifth District Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court’s judgment and writ of mandate, finding that the City of Fresno’s Municipal Code did not delegate authority to its … Continue Reading

“Late Hit” Document Dump CEQA Reform Proposed by SB 1451

At one time or another, in almost every jurisdiction around the state, on the day before an important project land use hearing, an opponent of the project has submitted a lengthy comment letter (often accompanied by voluminous attachments) alleging that the environmental analysis does not comply with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).  The lead … Continue Reading