SOURCE: Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP

Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP

October 20, 2010 13:00 ET

Allen Matkins Launches Sustainable Communities Law Blog

Offers Timely Information Regarding Sustainable Trends, Growth and Development

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - October 20, 2010) -  Leading California law firm Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP today announced the launch of Sustainable Communities Law, an important new blog for those seeking up-to-date commentary, news, and insight into this exciting and emerging field. 

What people mean when they describe "sustainable communities" can vary, but generally it is related to AB 32 (California's major initiatives for reducing climate change or greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions) and SB 375 (recent legislation addressing need to make significant changes in land use and transportation policies to reduce GHG), and refers to communities that are planned, built, or modified to promote sustainable living. Sustainable communities tend to focus on lowering local environmental impacts, particularly greenhouse gases, and focusing on balanced long-term growth and development. The Sustainable Communities Law blog will provide the very latest in sustainable communities law, and local, regional and statewide practices, public policy and politics. 

Sustainable Communities Law ( is edited by Michael Patrick Durkee, co-chair of the Allen Matkins land use practice and partner in the Walnut Creek office of the firm. 

"In addition to covering the latest in law relating to sustainable communities, Sustainable Communities Law addresses the tensions of California growth and development," said Durkee, a prolific writer who has contributed many posts to the blog in anticipation of its launch. "It is a must-read resource to understand all of the different -- and sometimes competing -- efforts that are currently taking place, successes and failures, to better chart where current and future development is headed in California. The blog is perfect for planners, land use and environmental consultants, attorneys, civil engineers, land surveyors, builders, developers, governmental agencies, community groups, environmentalists, engineers and scientists, architects, contractors and individuals who want to keep up but only have limited time."

Durkee is a frequent participant in land use seminars conducted for builders' groups, cities and counties, developers, the University of California Extension, the State Bar of California and the general public. He is the principal author of Map Act Navigator (1999-2010), and co-author of Ballot Box Navigator (Solano Press 2003) and Land-Use Initiatives and Referenda in California (Solano Press 1990, 1991). Durkee also writes the "Ask the Map Act Expert" column for the trade journal California Surveyor and is a regular contributor to other land use publications. He is a former member of the Advisory Board of The California Land Use Law and Policy Reporter, and the State Assembly Local Government Committee's "Subdivision Map Act Advisory Group."

To read Sustainable Communities Law, follow it on Twitter, or subscribe to a daily newsletter or RSS Feed, go to


Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP, founded in 1977, is a California-based law firm with approximately 220 attorneys practicing out of seven offices in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco, San Diego, Century City, Del Mar Heights and Walnut Creek. The firm's broad areas of practice include real estate, land use, construction, real estate finance, business litigation, corporate and securities, intellectual property, environmental, taxation, bankruptcy and creditors' rights, and employment and labor law. For more than 30 years, Allen Matkins has helped clients turn opportunity and challenge into success by providing practical advice, innovative solutions and valuable business opportunities.

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