Timothy D. Cremin
Timothy (Tim) Cremin practices in all areas of environmental and land use law, including the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA); National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); greenhouse gas and climate change regulations; and state and local planning, zoning and subdivision laws. He represents public and private clients in the administrative process and litigation involving land use and environmental decisions. Tim has over 20 years of experience as an environmental and land use attorney in California.
Tim chairs the firm’s Climate Change and Green Initiatives Practice Group, which advises public entities on compliance with California’s Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32), analysis and regulation of greenhouse gas emissions under CEQA, NEPA and other laws, and emerging areas of climate change regulation.
Tim’s specialty is successfully shepherding complex and controversial projects through the maze of land use and environmental regulations on the local, state and federal level. He advises clients on environmental documentation and findings under CEQA and NEPA and on all aspects of the entitlement process for development projects—from project formulation through administrative review and approval. He is the firm’s leading authority on drafting such entitlements and ensuring that project approvals comply with the law and will withstand legal challenge. His practice includes analysis of the legal adequacy of detailed and voluminous Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs) and Environmental Impact Statements (EISs) covering all impact areas; particularly traffic, greenhouse gases, climate change, air quality, biology, water, cumulative impacts and alternatives. The majority of these EIRs and EISs have been in the context of threatened litigation by sophisticated opponents. Tim also defends approvals in court against challenges under CEQA and NEPA.
Tim’s significant projects include: institutional facilities, major infrastructure projects, the adoption of general plans, zoning codes and specific plans; projects under the California Coastal Act; negotiation of development agreements; development and defense of EIRs and EISs; and drafting of entitlement documents and findings. He has worked on large institutional and infrastructure projects, mixed-use projects, transit-oriented developments, shopping centers, residential developments, hotels, and many other types of projects. Several of these have been located in environmentally sensitive areas and/or have involved Habitat Conservation Plans.
Prior to joining Meyers Nave, Tim represented private and public clients on entitlements and environmental review for various large and complex development projects, including residential subdivisions, office/commercial, big box retail and mixed-use development. He also served as assistant city attorney for several Southern California cities, where he provided advice regarding planning, zoning, environmental, real property, subdivision, election (initiative and referendum), open meeting and conflict of interest laws. Tim also has experience in real estate law, including real property due diligence and acquisition.
- Concerned Dublin Citizens v. City of Dublin (2013) Cal. App. 4th 1301
Presentations and Publications
- Speaker, Land Use Section Workshop - IMLA Annual Conference, 2013
- Speaker, “CEQA Reform: Threat to Environmental Protection or Long Overdue,” CSDA Annual Conference, 2013
- Presenter, “CEQA: Past, Present and Future,” California Special Districts Association Webinar, 2013
- Speaker, “Working with the New BAAQMD CEQA Guidelines,” Bay Area City Attorneys Association, 2010
- Author, “Environmentally Sound - Greenhouse Gas Analysis under CEQA,” The Recorder, 2010
- Speaker, “The Heated Debate over How to Analyze Global Climate Change Under CEQA,” State Bar of California, Annual Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite, 2009
- Speaker, “Structuring Global Warming and Green Practice,” San Francisco Bar Association, 2008
- Speaker, “Climate Change: Local Government Response,” National Business Institute Seminar, 2008
- Speaker, “Climate Change & Greenhouse Gases under CEQA and AB 32,” California Association of Sanitation Agencies Annual Conference, 2008
- Speaker, “Building a Brighter Future - Green Building Ordinances,” California Contract Cities Association Annual Municipal Seminar, 2008
- Speaker, “Development of Green Building Ordinances,” League of California Cities, City Attorneys Conference, 2008
- Speaker, “Climate Change – Considerations for Local Agencies,” Highway 50 Corridor Planning Commissioners, 2007
- Speaker, “How to Address Climate Change and Greenhouse Gases Under CEQA,” City Attorney Association of Los Angeles County, 2007
- Author, “Rapanos v. U.S.: Wading Through the Swamp of Federal Regulation of Wetlands,” Real Property Law Reporter, Vol 29 / Number 6, November 2006
- Speaker, “Year in the Life of a Development Project,” Lorman Education Services, Summer 2005 (Review of real estate, land use and environmental issues relating to entitling development project)
Professional and Community Affiliations
- Member, The State Bar of California
- University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, JD, 1991
- Stanford University, BA, Psychology with honors and distinction, 1986