Land Use Law & Planning Conference

Friday, January 21, 2022 · A Virtual Event

Our 36th Annual Conference was held on Friday, January 21, 2022. 

For more information about the 2022 speakers, panel discussions, and conference co-chairs please see below. 

To purchase a digital copy of this year's virtual event, with the option of earning "self-study" MCLE credit hours, register here. Once you have completed your registration and payment, please contact Crystal Lopez at for the recording and MCLE form.

Details regarding next year's conference will be provided once available.

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UCLA Extension’s annual 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.

The program’s unique cross-disciplinary approach explores the full range of perspectives drawn from the land use planning, legal, development, and environmental communities, and demonstrates how these factors influence the day-to-day work of planners, developers, environmental regulators, and attorneys.

Now in its 36th year, the UCLA Extension conference offers a big-picture view of land use law and planning practice, with knowledgeable speakers providing succinct and provocative updates on core state and federal case law and legislation, as well as practice pointers on basic land use law and planning issues.

Who should attend?

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

  • Public officials & planners
  • Attorneys & consultants
  • Developers & real estate professionals
  • Students interested in planning and public policy

Keynote Address

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State-of-the-State in Real Time

Lucy Dunn
President and CEO of the Orange County Business Council

Jim Wunderman
President and CEO of the Bay Area Council

Join two of California’s preeminent economy-wide advocates assess and opine on the top issues impacting the Golden state at all levels, public and private. You will hear essential perspectives on statewide policy issues impacting every sector of the world’s sixth largest economy—critical, up-to-the minute insights on the day’s top headlines.

Panel Discussions

On January 21st, join us for a review of the important issues of the past year—and a look at what’s ahead for 2022.


CEQA 2021- A Year in Review

A perennial staple and favorite at the conference, hear distinguished counsel representing all sides—petitioner, respondent, and real party in interest—survey the latest judicial, legislative, and regulatory developments in the CEQA arena, providing invaluable and strategic insights as to their implications for legal practitioners, consultants, and lead agencies.


Kevin Bundy
Of Counsel, Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger

Tina Thomas
Founding Partner, Thomas Law Group


Wildfire, Drought, and Flooding Dynamics in California: What Can We Do on the Ground?

It is indisputable that climate change is exacerbating wildfire, drought, and flood conditions to unprecedented magnitude and devastation.  Join those on the front line of California’s climate mitigation and adaptation strategies to discuss both the long-term implications for the Golden State as well as on-the-ground response strategies for today.


Ken Alex
Director, Governor's Office of Planning and Research


Alex Hall
Professor, UCLA; Director of Center for Climate Science

Heather Blair
Senior Environmental Project Manager, Ascent


Beyond ADUs: How Do We Deliver Meaningful Housing Supplies Throughout California?

Hear directly from senior housing and development executives as well as one of the state’s foremost policy experts on the opportunities, constraints, and paths forward to conquering California’s housing crisis. We’ll go beyond “CEQA needs reform” and “fees are too high” (both may very well be true) with those fighting the battle every day!


David Smith, Partner
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP


Bill Fulton
Director, Kinder Institute for Urban Research, Rice University

Randall Lewis
Executive Vice President, Lewis Operating Corp

Layne Marceau
Division President, Shea Homes


Planning, Zoning, and Development Law: What's New from California's Judicial and Legislative Branches?

Extra! Extra! Hear all about it! 

California courts and our state legislators worked mightily in 2021 tackling important planning, zoning and development law issues. Join our panelists as they walk through the high points of last year’s statutory and case law adventures, which will undoubtedly put you ahead of the rest on your land use trivia.


Alisha Winterswyk
Partner, Best Best & Krieger LLP


Matt Klopfenstein
Legislative and Legal Advisor, California Advisors, LLC

Todd Leishman
Of Counsel, Best Best & Krieger LLP


The facts on the topics of the day – everything Biden Administration undoing from Trump Administration that undid from Obama Administration; WOTUS; fuel standards; species protection; SB 9 & 10; and more...


David Smith
Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Alisha Winterswyk
Partner, Best Best & Krieger LLP

Join Us!

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Date & Time
Friday, January 21, 2022
8:30am–4:30pm PT

Online via Zoom

Registration Fee

Student Fee: $395; Members of Donating Organizations: $495


Download the conference brochure (PDF)

Attend the conference virtually via Zoom and enjoy the same high-quality presentations and access to the latest information from anywhere!

UCLA Extension will email you a unique link to the event held via Zoom Webinar the day before the conference. Please do not share this link as it will only be active for one participant. If you have any issues, contact for assistance.

Fees & Credit

Registration is required for this program. Visitors are not permitted. Fee includes conference materials sent via PDF. 

  • Regular: $595
  • Student: $395
  • Members of Donating Organizations: $495

Accrediting Associations

Attend this year's conference and earn up to 7.0 Credit Hours (0.7 CEU) from Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE)* and APA - American Planning Association**

*This activity has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credit by the State Bar of California for credit hours stated above. UCLA Extension certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved educational activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education.
**This activity has been approved for Continuing Professional Development Program (CM) credits by the American Institute of Certified Planners.


The refund deadline is January 20, 2022 by 11:59pm PT. Refunds cannot be made after this time. A service charge of $30 is withheld from all refunds (full refund granted if the conference is canceled or rescheduled). For more information, call (310) 825-9971.



8:30 a.m.


Welcome & Program Overview
Dr. Stephanie Hoekstra, Public Policy Director, UCLA Extension

8:45 a.m.


Update #1
CEQA 2021- A Year in Review

10:15 a.m.


Morning Break

10:30 a.m.


Assessment #1
Wildfire, Drought, and Flooding Dynamics in California: What Can We Do on the Ground?

12:00 p.m.   Lunch Break
12:30 p.m.   Keynote Address: State-of-the-State in Real-Time
1:15 p.m.  

Update #2
Quick Hits

1:45 p.m.   Assessment #2
Beyond ADUs: How Do We Deliver Meaningful Housing Supplies Throughout California?
3:00 p.m.   Afternoon Break
3:15 p.m.  

Update #3
Planning, Zoning, and Development Law: What's New from California's Judicial and Legislative Branches?

4:25 p.m.   Closing Comments
Dr. Stephanie Hoekstra, Public Policy Director, UCLA Extension
4:30 p.m.   Conference Ends

Download the conference brochure (PDF)


Conference Co-Chairs

UCLA Extension extends gratitude to the Land Use Law & Planning Conference Co-Chairs.


Alisha Winterswyk is a partner in the Environmental and Natural Resources practice group at Best Best & Krieger LLP.  She is a CEQA and land use lawyer that advises public and private clients on an array of environmental, planning and municipal laws.

Alisha’s practice is both transactional and litigation-based as she takes a “soup-to-nuts” approach to representing clients and in the development process. Over the past several years, Alisha has contributed to the UCLA Land Use Law and Planning Conference as a speaker and she is delighted to now serve as a co-chair for this fantastic event.


David Smith is a partner with Manatt, Phelps & Phillips and splits his time between the firm’s Orange County and San Francisco offices. Mr. Smith counsels land developers, conservation companies, for-profit and nonprofit organizations, and individuals at the intersection of law and government on land use entitlement, real estate development and regulatory compliance. He is frequently engaged in entitlement and permitting matters for development projects that are, or have the potential to be, particularly contentious and complicated.

Mr. Smith’s expertise includes all facets of land use and related regulatory compliance including the California Environmental Quality Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, climate change, the McAteer-Petris Act and California’s planning and zoning laws. In addition to his practice, Mr. Smith frequently speaks at law schools and conferences throughout the state.


Matthew Burris is the Deputy City Manager over Community and Economic Development for the City of Rancho Cucamonga. He has over 17 years of experience working with local government working for a variety of private sector firms as well as for local governments as an employee. Matt also served as a Planning Commissioner for California’s newest City of Jurupa Valley. In addition to his work in community development, Matt has regularly taught planning courses for both UC Berkeley and UC Riverside.

He is a Certified Planner, a LEED Accredited Professional, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Barbara, as well as a Master of Science in City and Regional Planning and a Master of Science in Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Both Matt in his professional capacity, and many of the projects he has been instrumental in, have won state and national awards.

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Attend the Conference

Join us on January 21st for a review of the important issues of the past year and a look at what’s ahead for 2022.


Download the conference brochure (PDF)

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