Real Estate and Land Use

California Strategies’ real estate and land use experience is substantial. We have secured entitlements and permits in nearly every market in California with specialized expertise on coastal entitlements before the California Coastal Commission (CCC).

We commonly develop detailed project entitlement strategies that integrate our technical knowledge and expertise with our policy and political experience that produce successful outcomes for our clients. We have worked on large master plans, infill development, brownfields, affordable housing, hotels, and a broad range of commercial and retail projects.

We work closely with project managers, investors, and the range of technical and legal consultants often involved in project entitlement to develop problem-solving approaches that move projects along.

Our team’s experience and up-to-the-minute understanding of CEQA and permitting helps us provide our clients increased certainty in the traditionally complex and time-consuming development environment in California.

California Strategies has extensive experience in the following real estate and land use related areas:
  • Redevelopment
  • Infrastructure Planning and Finance
  • Project Entitlement and Permitting Strategy
  • Land Planning
  • Community Outreach
  • CEQA Compliance and Strategy
  • Coastal Commission Permitting
  • State and Federal Permitting
  • Zoning Policy
  • General Plan Amendment and Updates
  • Project Financing
  • Water Supply Planning
  • LAFCO and annexations
  • Special District Formation
  • Joint Ventures and Transactions
  • Mitigation
  • Traffic Studies
  • Affordable Housing
  • Infill Development
  • Brownfields

Our People

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Rusty Areias


Craig Benedetto


John Benton


Jim Brulte


Jim Cunneen


Jack Flanigan

Founder Principal

Victor Franco


Ted Harris


Winston Hickox


Gary H. Hunt

Vice Chair

Kristin Olsen


Charles Watson


Bob White

Founder and Chairman

Carol Whiteside


John Withers