Central Valley Chapter
California Land Surveyors Association

Promoting the professional practice of land surveying in the California Central Valley.
Serving the greater Merced, Stanislaus and San Joaquin County Area."


Speaker: Michael Patrick Durkee

Wactor & Wick LLP

What is Covered?

This seminar provides guidelines for effective use of the Subdivision Map Act. The instructor will discuss the responsibilities and powers of local agencies under the Act, as well as particular issues regarding when the Act applies.

Seminar highlights:

  • Discussion of Legislative and Judicial changes in 2012
  • Relationship of Map Act to other planning, zoning and development laws, and to CEQA
  • When the Map Act applies (and when not)
  • What kind of Map (tentative/final or parcel map) to use
  • Certificates of compliance
  • Lot Line Adjustments
  • Exemptions and exceptions under the Map Act
  • Life of Tentative Map
  • Vested Rights (including Vesting Maps, Development Agreements and Common Law Vesting)
  • Exactions/Dedications/Fees
  • Creative mapping approaches


  • 1010 Tenth Street,
  • Room B(asement) 300
  • Modesto, Ca

Seminar Schedule: June 26, 2013

  • 8:30 – Registration
  • 9:00 – Seminar Begins
  • 12:00 – Lunch
  • 4:00 – Seminar Ends

Who Should Attend?

This seminar is designed for planners, surveyors, engineers, developers, builders, attorneys, project managers, architects, planning commissioners, council and board members, property managers, public works and utilities directors, zoning board members, and all others involved with the land use process.

Seat Auction

We are auctioning off one-seat to Mike's Seminar to the highest bidder. (Value $175-$195)
Proceeds to go into the Chapter Scholarship Fund.

We have a current bid of:


Winning bidder was James Ryan.


Land Use Navigators Classes

Land Use Navigators

Mike Durkee Land Use Navigators is run by Mike Durkee as a free, online resource center for land use law information.

Mike is an attorney at the law firm of McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP,where he practices land use, elections, and local government law in both administrative and judicial proceedings. Mike represents developers, builders, property owners, cities, counties, special districts, and interest groups in all aspects of California local government, elections, and land use entitlement, review, and approval processes.

He has transactional and litigation expertise in the laws and processes regarding the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), local governance, general plans, specific plans, planning, zoning and development, vested rights (common law, development agreements, vesting maps), exactions (fees/dedications), the Subdivision Map Act, Williamson Act, and local elections (initiative, referendum, recall). Mike also serves as an expert on these topics in litigation.

Chapter News:

Steve Parrish, PLS, WRS, CFedS
Walking in the Footsteps
& Double Monumentation

  • Wednesday December 2, 2015
  • from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
  • $75 per session for CLSA Members
    (or $125 for both when purchased together)
  • $100 per session for for non-members
    (or $175 for both when purchased together)
  • 1010 Tenth Street
  • Basement Training Room (B300)
  • Modesto
Register Here

Our Newsletter "The Prism" November 2015

California Surveyor: "Fall 2015"


BPELSG Example CBT Examination Questions:

BPELSG Bulletin: Fall 2015


Renew Early

Land Surveyor Exam Development Workshops
(copied from the Sacramento Chapter newsletter)

Land & Structure, Sonora

is looking for a California Licensed PLS or LSIT for a Full Time Field/Office Position

City of Sacramento

is looking for a Survey Party Chief
Closes: Fri. 12/11/15 5:00 PM

Solano County

is looking for a County Surveyor
12/18/15 Deadline to submit application for 1st application review.

Welty Engineering

is looking for a Party Chief

New in the Library:

Sacramento County - added link to Geographical Map Index
(includes Maps and Parcel Maps, ROS estimated for September, then Corner Records & .....)
Added Historical FEMA Maps Stanislaus, Merced and San Joaquin Counties
Fresno County - updated record maps
Stanislaus County - updated record maps
San Joaquin County - updated ROS, PM, M&P, Corner Records

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