Robia Crisp

Robia S. Crisp


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Land Use
Hotel Vitale
San Francisco

Robia focuses her practice on residential and commercial land use, environmental compliance, and municipal law. She represents landowners, developers and public agency clients in land use matters and has experience conducting land use due diligence, preparing and processing entitlement applications, and ensuring compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act. Robia regularly appears before local governmental decision-making bodies, including Planning Commissions, City Councils, and Boards of Supervisors in connection with obtaining land use approvals.

Robia has experience providing legal advice and counsel on a broad range of planning and municipal law issues, including those arising under the Planning and Zoning Law, Subdivision Map Act, Public Records Act, and the Ralph M. Brown Act.


The End of the Line for Exclusionary Zoning: Berkeley Set to Make its Move, Land Use Law Alert (February 2021)

"Takings Challenge Against San Francisco’s Expedited Conversion Program Dismissed as Unripe," Land Use Law Alert (April 2020)

"Updates to CEQA Technical Advisories on Disaster Response and Housing," co-author, Land Use Law Alert (January 2020)

"SB 50: As Housing Crisis Continues, Senator Weiner Announces Revised Upzoning Legislation," co-author, Land Use Law Alert (December 2018)

“Best Façade Forward,” co-author, Apartment Magazine (August 2018)

"Low-Impact Development: A Growing Trend in Stormwater Management," co-author, Builder Magazine (March 2007)

"Proposition 40: The California Clean Water, Clean Air, and Safe Neighborhood Parks, and Coastal Protection Act of 2002," The California Initiative Review (2002)

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“Infill Development: Critical Paths & Strategic Entitlement Roadmaps,” Miller Starr Regalia, Walnut Creek, California (January 2012)

"Real Estate Development from Beginning to End, Local Government Approvals", Co-Lecturer, Lorman Education Services (February 2008)

"Air Quality, Water, and Smart Growth", Panelist, San Joaquin County Housing Symposium (February 2007)

"Ethics Training for Local Agency Officials, AB1234", Presenter, Northern California Water Association (January 2006)  

"Groundwater Law and Hydrology," UC Davis Extension Program (October 2004)

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“Legal Challenge to Downtown Berkeley Mixed-Use High-Rise Struck Down,” The Registry (October 2016)

"Judge Rules in CEQA Infill Case,” GlobeSt (October 2016)

Professional Affiliations

Building Industry Association of the Bay Area, Professional Women in Building, Executive Board Member (2010-2012)

Climate Change Reporter, Editorial Board Member (2009-2011)

California Land Use Law and Policy Reporter, Editorial Board Member (2008-2009)


J.D., with distinction, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (2003)

B.A., University of California, Davis (1996)

Admissions And Courts


San Francisco

415-995-5806 Direct Phone
415-995-3455 Fax

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