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Schwartz Hyde & Garfield is located at the corner of Fourth Avenue and B Street on the 24th floor of the Wells Fargo Building in downtown San Diego, California.  



Planning and Zoning


Due diligence assessment of development potential

General plan and community plan amendments

Rezoning and zoning ordinance amendments

Specific plans and amendments

Tentative and final subdivision maps

CEQA / NEPA documents

Satisfaction of subdivision map conditions

Final subdivision map security issues

Use permits, site plans and amendments

Satisfaction of use permit conditions

Development Agreements

Exactions and fees

Regulatory compliance issues on sensitive species, air quality and water quality

Climate change, sustainable development and smart growth

Telecommunications law

Renewable energy projects


Non-conforming uses

Defense to all forms of challenges to land use permits and environmental certifications

Historic and cultural resources

Boundary adjustments

Affordable housing

Williamson Act

Grading permits

Building permits

Advocacy with government agencies

Coastal Commission


Local Coastal Plan (LCP) amendments    

Coastal development permits and amendments

Appeal of local agency decisions to Coastal Commission

Satisfaction of Coastal Commission conditions


Local Agency Formation


City incorporation, annexation, detachment and reorganization

Special District formation, annexation, detachment and reorganization

Spheres of influence and amendments




CEQA litigation

Representation of property owners whose projects are challenged in court

Zoning and other land use disputes

Environmental litigation

Inverse condemnation and regulatory takings

Defense of civil enforcement actions

Disputes regarding refunds, exactions and conditions

Subdivision compliance litigation

Municipal and public agency litigation

Representation of opponents of projects

The law practice of Schwartz Hyde & Sullivan, LLP places a very strong emphasis on all entitlements and regulatory compliance issues relating to a variety of land use matters, including the following: