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:

CLSA Sacramento Chapter Presents:

Dennis Mouland Seminar, September 15 and 16
Space is limited, reserve your slot today!

(see attached flyer)

Continous GPS Stations

A message from Rob McMillan:

Below are excerpts of emails from Unavco's Chris Walls and Sharon Williams of the National Science Foundation. Please read and respond to the survey at the link below. This is particularly critical if you perform any of the following:

  • Static GPS surveys
  • RTK GPS surveys using a virtual reference network (CSDS, Leica, Topcon, AZGPS, OCRTN, CVSRN, etc.)
  • Surveys tied to NGS control (the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS))
  • Surveys tied to the California Spatial Reference System (CSRS)
  • Surveys in state plane coordinates
  • Surveys tied to NAVD88 datum
  • Surveys tied to tidal datums
  • Surveys in areas of tectonic activity
  • Surveys using HTDP
  • Monitoring surveys (structural monitoring, dam deformation, etc)

This infrastructure also can support advancements in earthquake early warning, precision agriculture, automated machine guidance, autonomous vehicles, positive train control, and more.

Dear Colleagues, The future performance, capabilities, and station count of the Plate Boundary Observatory is at a crossroads. UNAVCO is currently developing budgets and plans for operating the network beyond 2018 including scenarios of reduced network density. If you rely on UNAVCO-provided PBO data then I recommend you make it clear what the uses are, what the regions of interest are, and even specific stations or data type (i.e. 1Hz, 5Hz, 15s, Met, real-time, seismic etc...). Please forward to collaborators who will miss the data if resources are not available.

PS - the survey will take 5-10 minutes, contrary to what is described below. Thank you for your participation.

Dear UNAVCO Users,
At the request of the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI) has been asked to solicit feedback on the activities, products, and services provided by UNAVCO. NSF, UNAVCO, and STPI would all appreciate your time and response to this survey. The survey itself should take between 20-30 minutes. Your participation is completely voluntary. Your responses will not be shared individually and will not impact your relationship with NSF or UNAVCO. STPI is an independent, Federally Funded Research and Development Center and will be collecting and analyzing all responses. If you are a UNAVCO member or RESESS participant and have received a previous invitation to this survey, please disregard this email. We apologize for multiple survey invitations, but we are hoping for feedback from as many individuals as possible. Please feel free to contact Sharon Williams at STPI (swilliam@ida.org; 202-419-5411) or Russell Kelz (rkelz@nsf.gov; 703-292-4747) at NSF if you have any questions or concerns.

Survey link:

Next Scouting Merit Badge Session

Will be August 27th

Central Valley Chapter Awarded Chapter of the Year at 2016 Convention

Our Newsletter "The Prism" July 2016

California Surveyor: "Summer 2016"


BPELSG Example CBT Examination Questions:

BPELSG Bulletin: Spring 2016

New in the Library:

Tuolumne County - Updated Record Maps and Corner Records, added Mineral Surveys
San Joaquin County - added Filed Map Footprints
updated February 2016 Guide to the Preparation of Maps
updated ROS, PM, M&P, Corner Records
Madera County - updated Record maps
Santa Clara County - updated Record maps and Corner Records
Sacramento County - added link to Geographical Map Index
Fresno County - updated record maps
Stanislaus County - updated record maps

CLSA Chapter Website of the Year - 2012-2014