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Subdivision Map Act Part I and II

During this two-part, two-day course learn about the Subdivision Map Act, the law that governs the dividing of land into smaller ownership units in California. Learn key provisions of the Map Act, how it is applied in planning and development processes, recent legislative changes and new legal interpretations from court decisions and attorney general opinions.

Explore both local agency and subdivider viewpoints and discuss legal and practical solutions to the Map Act’s thorniest problems.

The material covered by Map Act I includes:

  • Map Act scope and purpose 
  • Relationship of the Map Act to planning, zoning and development laws, including CEQA
  • When the Map Act does and does not apply
  • New rules and guidance impacting the Map Act
  • Certificates of Compliance and lot line adjustments
  • Map Act exemptions and exceptions
  • Procedures and actions applicable to maps
  • The role of Vested Rights, including Vesting Maps, Development Agreements and Common Law Vesting
  • Other problems and practice ideas under the Act

On the second day of class learn about:

  • Constitutional and statutory limitations on Conditions of Approval (exactions/dedications/fees)
  • Grounds for approval and denial of maps
  • Rules and procedures regarding final maps
  • Mergers and alternatives to mergers
  • Antiquated subdivisions (old maps) and troubled conveyances
  • Enforcement, local appeals and judicial review

The 2014 edition of the instructor’s textbook, Map Act Navigator, is included in the enrollment fee. 


Michael Durkee, J.D., a resident in the San Francisco office of McKenna, Long & Aldridge, represents developers, public agencies and interest groups in all aspects of land use law. His expertise includes planning, zoning, vested rights, exactions, Subdivision Map Act and CEQA. He runs a preeminent online resource on California land use (, is the author of a quarterly column in California Surveyor, and has written a number of books, including Map Act Navigator. Durkee is also widely recognized for his creativity and expertise in effective negotiation and resolution of land use disputes.


Nov. 13-14: Thurs.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


Sutter Square Galleria, 2901 K St, Sacramento, CA





Special Discounts:

10% discount for organizations enrolling three or more people at the same time in the same course. All registrations must be submitted at the same time and fees paid with one check, credit card or purchase order.
10% discount for APACA Section and BIA members


1.2 CEUs, 12 Hours, 12 MCLE Hours, 12 AICP Hours






Earn a Certificate

This course is part of these certificate programs:

Land Use and Environmental Planning