Thomas Jacobson is one of California's foremost attorneys in land use law, including takings and exactions, planning and zoning, Subdivision Map Act, CEQA, growth management, housing, and land use initiatives and referenda. He is Professor of Environmental Studies and Planning at Sonoma State University, where he is Director of the Institute for Community Planning Assistance. He was formerly an attorney with the Land Use Group at McCutchen, Doyle, Brown and Enersen and adjunct professor of law at the University of San Francisco. Mr. Jacobson is co-author of Exactions and Impact Fees in California (Solano Press Books) and contributed the chapters on growth management and aesthetic regulation & design review to California Land Use Practice (California Continuing Education of the Bar). He is a consultant to local governments on land use law and planning matters, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and the California Planning Roundtable. He received a J.D. from Hastings College of Law and a Masters in City Planning from UC Berkeley.
Mr. Jacobson will continue to advise public agencies on complex land use and environmental matters at The Sohagi Law Group and will mediate land use and natural resource disputes.