Richard S. Taylor

Richard S. Taylor, a partner, joined Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP in 1991. His practice areas include public agency law, planning and zoning, CEQA, and open space preservation strategies.

Mr. Taylor serves as City Attorney to the City of Saratoga and serves as special counsel advising local governments, special districts, and community groups on complex planning and land use matters. He recently advised a coalition of conservation groups in negotiating an agreement for preservation of 240,000 acres of the historic Tejon Ranch and advised Marin County in connection with its award-winning 2007 General Plan Update. In addition he has advised a number of agencies and organizations in connection with open space preservation and trails and recreation planning. These include the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District in preparing a draft Service Plan and related CEQA and LAFCO documentation for annexation to the District of the coastal region of San Mateo County; Santa Clara County in connection with its adoption of a Parks and Trails Master Plan; and the Cities of Benicia, Fairfield, and Vallejo and Solano County in creating a joint powers agency to cooperatively plan for and protect open space and agricultural lands in the area between the three cities.

Mr. Taylor also works with local community groups and local governments to draft initiatives that address local land use concerns such as establishing urban growth boundaries, protecting military facilities from urban encroachment, linking growth to the availability of water supply, protecting agricultural lands, reaffirming existing General Plan policies protecting local neighborhoods, and influencing the reuse planning process for military bases subject to closure.

In 2009 Mr. Taylor was recognized as a "California Lawyer Attorney of the Year" in the area of Environmental Law. Before joining the firm he practiced law in Washington D.C. and worked as a planner with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research and Santa Barbara County. He served as Managing Editor of the Ecology Law Quarterly and received his J.D. and his M.B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1988. He received his B.S. in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning with Honors from the University of California at Davis in 1982.

Contact Richard S. Taylor

Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP
396 Hayes St
San Francisco, California  94102
Phone: (415)552-7272
Fax: (415) 552-5816


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