34th Annual Land Use Law & Planning Conference

Friday, January 24, 2020 | Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles

Learn, network, and keep current.

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Largely regarded as the preeminent land use conference in the West, the UCLA Extension Land Use Law and Planning Conference is the leading source of information on California land use legislation, case law, and the emerging issues that frame land use and development practices in the nation's most populous state.

Now in its 34th year, this one-day interdisciplinary program features a variety of knowledgeable speakers who will provide succinct and provocative updates on core state and federal case law and legislation, land use law, and planning issues.

The conference is essential for attorneys, planners, environmentalists, and developers who need to know how land use law and planning is changing and affecting their interests.

Who should attend?

All individuals involved in land use and environmental issues in California, including:

  • Public officials & planners
  • Attorneys & consultants
  • Developers & real estate professionals

Keynote Speaker

Kate Gordon

Kate Gordon

Kate Gordon is a nationally recognized expert on the intersection of climate change, energy, and economic development.

Gordon was appointed Director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research and Senior Advisor to the Governor on Climate by Governor Gavin Newsom on January 7, 2019. She has authored or co-authored numerous publications, including the Fourth National Climate Assessment's chapter on “Reducing Risks Through Adaptation Actions.” 

Prior to being appointed OPR Director, Gordon was a Senior Advisor at the Henry M. Paulson Institute, where she oversaw the “Risky Business Project,” focused on quantifying the economic impacts of climate change to the U.S. economy, and also provided strategic support to the Institute’s U.S.- China CEO Council for Sustainable Urbanization. She was also a nonresident Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University.

Earlier in her career Gordon served as Vice President for Climate and Energy at the Center for the Next Generation, Vice President of Energy and Environment at the Washington D.C.-based Center for American Progress, and Co-Executive Director at the national Apollo Alliance (now the Blue Green Alliance).

Gordon earned a J.D. and a masters in city and regional planning from the University of California-Berkeley, and an undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University.

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Select panels include:

  • CEQA 2019: The Strength of Exemptions and Other Lessons Learned
  • Cannabis and Land Use: Siting, Permitting, Taxing, and Blocking
  • Strategic Housing Entitlement: Maxing out CEQA's Exemptions and Shortcuts
  • Planning, Zoning, and Development Law


Agenda coming soon!


Accrediting Associations

Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE)

7.0 Credit Hours

APA - American Planning Association

7.0 Credit Hours



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Millennium Biltmore Los Angeles

506 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90071

(213) 624-1011

Image: Millenium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (source), licensed under CC BY 2.0 


Valet parking is available at the Millenium Biltmore Hotel. Enter on Grand Avenue, between 5th and 6th Street.

Self-parking is available all-day across the street at Pershing Square, which is located at 500 South Hill Street. Entrances are located on 5th, 6th, and Olive Streets.

Rates vary.



From LAX airport and the Harbor Freeway (110) North

Take Sepulveda Boulevard to the 105 (Century) Freeway East, to the 110 (Harbor) Freeway North. Exit at 6th Street and travel four blocks before turning left onto Olive Street, and left onto 5th Street.

From the 101 South

Take 101 South and exit on Temple Street. Turn left onto West Temple Street and make a right onto Grand Avenue. 



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Make a difference

Over the years, the Conference Scholarship Programs have received funding from a variety of firms. Because of these generous contributions, educators and students from law and planning schools spanning California are invited to attend our conference series free of charge.

If your organization is interested in sponsoring a scholarship, please contact Dr. Stephanie Hoekstra at shoekstra@uclaextension.edu

Sponsoring firms receive a special conference registration rate of $495 for members of their firm or organization.

Donald G. Hagman was a preeminent UCLA Law professor and internationally distinguished scholar in the fields of land-use planning, housing law, and state and local taxation. Academic lawyers and planners know him best for his seminal work, Windfalls for Wipeouts, which has shaped the current debate about landowners' right to compensation as a result of public regulation.

In honor of Don’s work, the Hagman Conference Scholarship Fund was established to continue his commitment to bridging the academic and practitioner realms. The fund supports the annual conference attendance of faculty members and students from various law schools and graduate planning schools.

Joanne L. Freilich, AICP, was a cherished professional, colleague, and friend who brought her dedication and expertise to UCLA Extension’s Public Policy Program for 15 years. She was exceptionally gifted in integrating the expertise of faculty, public, and private sector practitioners, generating meaningful dialogue that contributed to new regulatory frameworks.

To honor the lifework of Joanne, UCLA Extension proudly established the Joanne Freilich Public Policy Memorial Fund and the Joanne Freilich Scholarship Fund, providing scholarship support for students and new planning professionals attending UCLA Extension public policy courses and conferences. The scholarship was first announced on January 28, 2005 at the 19th Annual UCLA Extension Land Use Law and Planning Conference which was held in Joanne’s memory.

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Cooperating Organizations

In addition to sponsoring scholarships, many firms and organizations have also helped us promote the conference.

As a cross-promoter, you receive:

  • Your organization’s name in our brochure
  • Your organization on a large poster at the conference
  • Special mention during the opening remarks

No monetary contribution required. If your organization is interested in helping us promote the conference, please email Dr. Stephanie Hoekstra at shoekstra@uclaextension.edu



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November 4, 2019





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Your conference fee includes:
Course materials on flash drive, morning refreshments & lunch

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