California has a complicated planning and development entitlement process at every level of government. Miller Starr Regalia’s Land Use Developments blog was created to provide practical information, judicial, legislative, and regulatory updates, tips, and guidelines on cutting edge issues to those in the land use industry, including property owners, developers, public agencies, and technical consultants. Shareholder Bryan W. Wenter, AICP, is the author of the blog.


Bryan Wenter_MG_1081f_LAND USE DEVELOPMENTS BLOG_PHOTOBryan W. Wenter, AICP, is a shareholder in Miller Starr Regalia’s Walnut Creek office and a member of the firm’s Land Use Practice Department. His practice centers on land use and local government law, specializing in the processing and defense of land use entitlements for a wide range of projects. Bryan has extensive experience obtaining entitlements for urban in-fill developments, including large mixed-use and retail projects. He regularly counsels landowners, developers, and public agencies in all aspects of land use processing, including obtaining approvals of general plan amendments, specific plans, planned development zoning, subdivision maps, conditional use permits, and variances; California Environmental Quality Act compliance; securing vested rights; initiatives and referenda; development impact fees and school fees; as well as negotiating, drafting, and obtaining approval of various agreements, including development agreements, subdivision improvement agreements, reimbursement agreements, and others.

Bryan previously served as City Attorney and Assistant City Attorney for the City of Walnut Creek. In representing Walnut Creek, Bryan advised the City Council, Planning Commission, City Manager, and staff on all aspects of municipal law, including the Planning and Zoning Laws, Subdivision Map Act, CEQA, elections, public finance, public contracts, constitutional matters, Ralph M. Brown Act, Public Records Act, Political Reform Act, ethics, conflicts of interest, risk management, and code enforcement.

Bryan recently served on the Editorial Board for The Municipal Law Handbook, published by the League of California Cities. He is a member of the American Bar Association and served on the Executive Committee of ABA’s Section of State and Local Government Law. He is past chair of the Section’s Land Use Planning & Zoning Committee and co-chair of its Exactions and Impact Fees Subcommittee. He served as the Secretary/Treasurer of the American Planning Association’s Planning & Law Division and as the Division’s Newsletter Editor, as well as the Legislative Director of the Northern California Chapter of the American Planning Association.

Bryan is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and is admitted to practice in California, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.

Bryan received his J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 2002, his M.R.P. from the University of North Carolina in 2002, and his B.A. from the University of Oregon in 1995.