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Morning Session
8:30 am – 12:10 pm PST
12:10 – 12:40 pm PST
Afternoon Session
12:40 – 3:50 pm PST


Presented by
Douglas E. Wance and
David A. Lurker

History and Purposes of Subdivision Map Act
History of California’s Subdivision Map Act (SMA)
Purposes of SMA
Relationship to local ordinances

Subdivision Maps
Definition of a subdivision
Exceptions to map requirements
Types of maps:
• Parcel maps, tentative maps, final maps, vesting tentative maps

SMA Application and Approval Process
Filing and application
Determining completeness
Conditions of map approvals
Environmental review
Approval or denial of maps
Judicial review

Merger and Unmerger of Parcels
Parcels deemed not to have merged

Case Studies: Reviewing Tentative Maps for Content


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Each webinar session earns continuing education credit and can be registered for individually. All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

Certificates of completion can be downloaded in PDF form upon passing a short quiz. A link to the quiz will be sent to each qualifying attendee immediately after the webinar. The certificate can be downloaded from the Results page of the quiz upon scoring 80% or higher.

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California Attorneys
6.5 CLE Hours

California Professional Engineers & Land Surveyors
California Non-Mandatory Continuing Ed.

Certified Planners
CM | 6.5

Title Insurance Producers
Non-Credit Continuing Ed.


Continuing Education Credit Information
This webinar is open to the public and offers 6.5 CLE hours to California attorneys. HalfMoon Education is an approved CLE provider in California (Provider No. 8370).

This course offers 6.5 non-mandatory continuing education hours to California professional engineers and land surveyors.

HalfMoon Education is an approved CM Provider with the American Planning Association. This course is registered for CM | 6.5 for Certified Planners.

This event also offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to California title insurance producers.

Completion certificates will be awarded to participants who complete this event, respond to all prompts, and earn a passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation (multiple attempts allowed).


David A. Lurker

Shareholder with Buchalter Law Firm
Mr. Lurker has more than 30 years of legal experience serving the real estate industry and is a tremendous asset for his clients. Having experienced numerous economic and industry cycles, he knows how to help guide clients in effective deal structuring. Mr. Lurker represents owners, developers, investors, contractors, landlords, tenants, property managers and lenders in planning, negotiating and implementing transactions that involve purchases and sales, development, leasing, and construction of all types of projects, including retail, office, industrial, residential, multi¬family, senior housing, and churches and non¬profits. Over the years, he has developed a highly valued corporate transactions practice working with small to midsize companies across a broad range of industries, with a substantial portion of these in the real estate industry. Mr. Lurker has been actively involved in a number of trade organizations, including the Associated General Contractors (Legal Advisory Committee). He is a member of the California Bar Association’s Real Estate Law Section and the Orange County Bar Association. He has lectured for the Orange County Section of the American Planning Association. Mr. Lurker supports and is involved in a number of civic, political, and community organizations. He has also served on the Board of Directors of a Christian school and a local church board.

Douglas E. Wance

Shareholder with Buchalter Law Firm
Douglas E. Wance is a shareholder and former chair of Buchalter’s Land Use Practice Group. Mr. Wance has built a cross-disciplinary practice involving land use and entitlements, water resources, environmental compliance, natural resources and public law through the representation of both public agencies and private businesses throughout California. He has handled all aspects of these substantive areas, from advising clients regarding the applicability of the law, to guiding clients through a permitting or entitlement process, or defending clients subject to enforcement actions. Mr. Wance has successfully represented businesses and public agencies in sophisticated financial, real estate, water resource, environmental compliance, and land development matters in court and before administrative agencies. His land use and entitlement background includes representation of residential developers, public entities, major industrial facilities, and other commercial businesses in all phases of project development before local and state agencies, city councils, and county board of supervisors. Mr. Wance has assisted clients in obtaining development and environmental permits and project approvals for power plants, schools, mixed use, and industrial development projects.