Webinar: SB 9 & ADU Law: The Toilsome Twosome

Looking for a timely legal topic to help fulfill your mandatory CM credits for Law? Or just want to learn more about how to apply the latest housing legislation?

The newly effective Senate Bill 9 (SB 9) facilitates the creation of up to four primary housing units on lots in single-family zones. Recent statutes providing for property owners’ ability build accessory dwelling units (ADU) in residential zones together with SB 9 create additional housing opportunities and limit the local discretionary review process. However, state law applies certain requirements and benefits differently to primary units and ADUs. In this webinar, experienced land use and housing attorneys in SB 9 and ADU law will discuss the specifics and interactions of these two approaches to housing production, clarifying their differences and similarities to help planners best implement their communities’ housing goals. 


Claire Lai is an attorney with Meyers Nave serving cities and local governments. She is Of Counsel in the firm’s Municipal and Special District Law Practice Group, where her practice emphasis includes land use and entitlement, CEQA compliance, and housing development. Claire routinely advises city councils, planning commissions, design review commissions, and city planning officials on a wide range of land use and zoning issues. Claire serves as Assistant City Attorney for the City of South San Francisco, the City of Walnut Creek, and the Town of Los Altos Hills. 

Alex Mog is Of Counsel in the Municipal and Special District Law Practice Group at Meyers Nave. His areas of focus include real estate, housing, economic development, land use, and municipal finance. Alex’s real estate and economic development practice involves assisting clients with housing developments and real estate transactions. Alex serves as Deputy City Attorney for the City of Union City, and Assistant City Attorney for the Cities of San Leandro, Union City, and Modesto.  

Scott E. Porter is a Senior Associate with the law firm of Jones & Mayer.  He currently serves as Assistant City Attorney to the City of Whittier and Deputy City Attorney for Fullerton and previously served as City Attorney to the City of West Covina. His primary practice areas are municipal law, land use, public finance, and telecommunications. He advises elected officials and staff in all areas of municipal law, including general plans, zoning, the Coastal Act, housing, conflicts of interest, public finance, public contracting, public works, telecommunications, utilities and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). 


Stephen Velyvis, a partner in the law firm of Burke, Williams, and Sorensen, is a land use and environmental law attorney representing public agency and private clients in administrative proceedings and before state and federal trial and appellate courts.  Steve works daily on land use projects addressing complex legal issues spanning the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the National Environmental Policy (NEPA), the California Coastal Act, as well as myriad other local and state planning, zoning and environmental laws.  Steve is the Legislative Director for the Northern Section of the California Chapter of APA.