George Phillips’ practice focuses on land use and environmental law, including land planning and development. He represents residential, commercial and industrial developers in all aspects of the entitlement process. His expertise is with large master planned communities in the Sacramento and Placer County region, and he has broad experience with many issues that impact land development, including development impact fees, infrastructure finance (Mello-Roos), cultural resource protection, agricultural land conservation (Williamson Act), transportation and air quality planning, and flood control. His expertise includes the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Clean Water Act (including Sections 401 and 404), as well as zoning, planning and land subdivision laws and regulations.
Mr. Phillips manages and counsels the processing of land use entitlements, including requests for annexation, general plan amendments, specific plans, rezoning applications, use permits, development agreements, subdivisions, initiatives, referenda, and other approvals. Mr. Phillips also advises purchasers, developers, investors, and lenders regarding existing entitlements on real property, identifying potential land use issues, and developing a strategy for obtaining entitlements if existing entitlements are insufficient or outdated. He regularly appears before planning commissions, city councils, county boards of supervisors, LAFCOs and other public agencies.
Mr. Phillips is a native of Sacramento
J.D with Distinction, McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, 1984
B.A. in History, University of California, Irvine 1977