School Fees and Mitigation
Adoption, accounting, use and reimbursement issues of Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 School Fees is a particular area of expertise of our Firm. Negotiation and documentation of Mitigation Agreements is an area of school law where we feel our Firm has more experience and expertise than other firms.
The mitigation of school facility impacts by new development is an important component of the Firm's school facilities practice. Members of the Firm frequently lecture on this topic at various conferences statewide. Our Firm successfully represented the school districts in the case entitled William S. Hart Union High School District v. Regional Planning Commission of Los Angeles (1991) 277 Cal. Rptr. 645. This pivotal case held that a city or county can deny a development application involving a legislative act, based on the inadequacy of school facilities. Since this important decision, our Firm has continued to be in the forefront of school facility mitigation issues throughout the State of California, including interpreting and implementing SB-50 and the $9.2 billion bond bill signed into law by the Governor in 1998.
Our Firm has assisted school districts in Contra Costa, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Stanislaus, and Ventura Counties with the mitigation of impacts from new development and has consistently monitored and participated in deliberations concerning legislation which affects school facilities mitigation. Funding of these obligations by means of community facilities districts and school facility improvement districts is a particular area of expertise of the Firm.