Ilene Dick focuses on land use and building permit matters, including California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance and appeals, compliance with the Subdivision Map Act and local subdivision ordinances, and obtaining variances and conditional use authorizations on behalf of real estate developers and property owners.

Ilene’s past municipal agency and government experience includes serving as Director of Housing to the City of East Palo Alto and as Deputy City Attorney to the City of San Francisco. While in the City Attorney’s Office, she advised City departments on CEQA compliance, drafted land use and other development related legislation, and defended the City against lawsuits relating to administrative land use decisions. She serves on the Code Advisory Committee for the San Francisco Building Inspection Commission.

As a result of her extensive government and regulatory experience, Ilene has an invaluable network of working relationships with building officials, regulators, the Planning Department, and other key players in the Bay Area real estate ecosystem, making her both an effective advocate and strategist. She has advocated for clients with city building officials in code enforcement and permit matters, including those related to lateral support, nuisances, and the lawful occupancy of a building. She has also assisted building owners and managers in obtaining approval of alternative means of compliance with the Building Code in numerous cases.

Particularly for small and midsized players, the San Francisco real estate world can be difficult, confusing, and seemingly impenetrable. Ilene is an experienced, very successful guide through this labyrinth, with a track record of clients who have emerged successfully on the other side. She focuses on working closely with her clients, and step-by-step, helping them see their projects through to fruition.


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