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Deputy County Counsel III - Land Use / Infrastructure

Company name

The Sonoma County Counsel's Office

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Job Type


Valid Through

Mar 24,2020

Posted on

Dec 10,2019

Min Salary/Max Salary

USD 58 to 70 Annually

Years of Experience

Min 1 yrs required


Santa Clara, CA, United States

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Practice Area
Corporate >> Corporate - General
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Deputy County Counsel III - Land Use / Infrastructure
The candidate will provides legal advice to the Board of Supervisors, Planning Division, and the various bodies it supports, including the Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Adjustments. Attorneys in the Land Use group provide general legal advice regarding the application of local agency police power, general plan, zoning, and other land use regulations, including constitutional matters of due process, equal protection, takings, freedom of religion and speech, federal or state preemption, public trust, and vested rights. Attorneys in the Land Use group also provide advice in specialized areas including: the Coastal Act, the Subdivision Map Act, Land Conservation Act (Williamson Act), Surface Mining & Reclamation Act, Building & Housing regulations including the Health & Safety code, affordable housing regulations, Cannabis law, Telecommunications law, Timberland Productivity Act, hazard mitigation planning, and Permit Streamlining Act. Additionally, Attorneys in the Land Use group draft restrictions on property, and other real property documents, as needed. Attorneys provide legal services and advice in all aspects of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and other certified regulatory programs, and other specialized areas of Environmental law such as: Endangered Species Acts, Fish & Game Code protected species, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Clean Water Act (401, 404, NPDES permits generally and storm water), lake and streambed alteration issues (Fish & Game Code Section 1602), historic preservation law, tribal cultural resources (AB 52 tribal consultation), environmental contamination/ brownfields, Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), SB 375 and California transportation planning law. Experience in private development or public project review, CEQA compliance, cannabis law, telecommunications law, planning AND zoning laws, the Coastal Act, California Building Code, housing law, Public Records Act, and/or constitutional and general public laws are required. Experience in drafting and interpreting land use ordinances, plans, and policies Experience appearin before and/or advising administrative bodies are required. Experience preparing and presenting civil cases before State and Federal courts are required. Exceptional research and writing skills are required. Proven ability to creatively solve problems are required. Demonstrated initiative in learning new things are required. A record of excellent academic achievement are required. Exceptional legal judgment are required. A solid understanding and knowledge of the requirements of the Brown Act, the California Public Records Act, and Conflict of Interest laws are required. Experience in handling complex transactional matters, including public works, real property transactions, public procurement, construction law, land conservation, solid water, and/or transportation law are required. Proven ability to work effectively, both as part of a team and independently are required. 2 years of legal experience practicing civil law as a licensed attorney are required. 1 year of which was with a public agency performing duties comparable to a Deputy County Counsel II; or comparable experience in private practice. Current active membership in the State Bar of California are required. Written and oral communications, including language mechanics, syntax and English composition; the principles and application of civil law; legal research methods; the duties, powers, limitations and authorities of the Office of the County Counsel; trial and hearing procedures and rules of evidence; the organization, powers, and limitations of local governmental functions; the statutory and constitutional laws of the State of California are required. Research, analyze and apply legal principles, facts, evidence and precedents to legal problems; prepare, present and conduct cases of law in court; present statements of law, fact and argument clearly and logically in written and oral form; develop and maintain effective relationships with other staff members, departmental representatives, county officials, members of advisory and policy-making bodies, the courts and the public; analyze and draft ordinances and regulations are required.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
The Sonoma County Counsel's Office
575 Administration Drive
Office 105
Santa Clara, CA 95403