Lori D. Ballance

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BAR ADMISSIONS
State Bar of California, 1988
COURT ADMISSIONS
United States District Court, Northern District of California, 1987

United States District Court, Central District of California, 2002

United States District Court, Southern District of California
EDUCATION
University of California, Hastings College of Law (J.D., 1987)

University of Michigan, School of Law (1985)

University of California, San Diego (B.A. Economics, Dean's Honor List, 1982)

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Summary of Practice

Lori Ballance devotes a substantial part of her practice to airport related environmental planning and litigation, including issues related to airport master plans, airport layout plans, and state and federal regulations regarding air quality, endangered species, hazardous waste laws and regulations, water quality, noise, funding sources and related rules and regulations. Her representation of airports includes work involving greenhouse gas emissions standards and regulations, general conformity regulations, national and state ambient air quality standards, California’s Global Warming Solutions Act, federal and state implementation plans, the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”), the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”), the Hawaii Environmental Policy Act (“HEPA”), airport land use commission (“ALUC”) matters, and related environmental law matters.

For many years, Ms. Ballance has been special counsel to the County of Orange, CA, for noise, access, settlement agreement, CEQA, NEPA, air quality, federal, state and local airport regulations, airline leases, and related legal matters relating to John Wayne Airport and special counsel to the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority for land use compatibility matters relating to San Diego International Airport. In addition, she has been retained by a number of other airport proprietors, including, among others, the City of San Jose (proprietor of Mineta San José International Airport), the Monterey Peninsula Airport District (proprietor of Monterey Regional Airport), the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG, the ALUC for Santa Barbara County), the City of South Lake Tahoe (proprietor of Lake Tahoe Airport), the State of Hawaii, Department of Transportation, Airports Division (proprietor of Maui's Kahului Airport and Kauai's Lihue Airport), the City of Oceanside (proprietor of Oceanside Municipal Airport), the San Bernardino International Airport Authority (proprietor of San Bernardino International Airport), and Riverside County, California (proprietor of Riverside County airports).

Ms. Ballance holds a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law, as well as a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of California, San Diego.

Ms. Ballance was a co-author of the California Airport Land Use Planning Handbook published by the State of California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics (January 2002) and the Update to the Handbook (October 2011).  Ms. Ballance is also the author of many articles on air quality, land use, hazardous waste laws and regulations, and other environmental issues.

Memberships

San Diego County Bar Association

Hastings College of the Law Board of Governors

Association of Environmental Professionals

Environmental/Land Use Section, San Diego County Bar Association

Professional Affiliations

June 1988 to March 1990:  Associated with Berliner, Cohen, San Jose, California

March 1990 to March 1995:  Associated with Gatzke Dillon & Ballance LLP

March 1995 to present:  A member of Gatzke Dillon & Ballance LLP

Publications

Aviation Noise Report, Special Report - California's Seminal Airport Land Use Compatibility Planning Laws Are Up For Repeal (March 2012) (Co-authored).

Aviation Emissions Report, Special Report - 2012: Will So-Called 'Sustainable Community' Laws Result in Airport Encroachment? (February 2012) (Co-authored).

Airport Advocate, California Pilots Association, Contributor, 2012 to present.

California Land Use Planning Handbook Update, State of California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics (October 2011) (Co-authored).

Aviation Emissions Report, Special Report - 2011: A Year Of Possibilities (As Always) (January 2011) (Co-authored).

Airport Noise Report, Special Report - Neighboring States Offer Potentially Different Thoughts on the Constitutionality of Avigation Easements Required as a Condition of Land Use Development Approval (October 2010) (Co-authored).

Airport Noise Report and Aviation Emissions Report,
Special Report - The New Frontier in Air Quality Regulation: Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Global Climate Change (July 2008) (Co-authored)

San Diego Lawyer (The Journal of the San Diego County Bar Association), Stalled on the Tarmac: The Importance of a Strategic Legal Compliance System and the Building of a New Airport (January/February 2007) (Co-authored)

State of California Department of Transportation Division of Aeronautics, California Land Use Planning Handbook (January 2002) (Co-authored)

Longtin's California Land Use, (3d. Ed.) Chapter 4, CEQA (1993, 1994, 1995 and 1996 Supplements) (Co-authored)

Longtin's California Land Use, (3d. Ed.) Chapter 5, Other Environmental Controls (1993, 1994 , 1995 and 1996 Supplements)

Airport Noise Report, Special Report - Air Quality Rules May Restrict Airports (August 1993)

Longtin's California Land Use, (3d Ed.) Part J - CEQA Judicial Review (1992 Supplement) (Co-authored)

Longtin's California Land Use, (3d. Ed.) Hazardous Waste Laws and Regulations (1991 and 1992 Supplement)

Reported Opinions

Save Our Bay, Inc. v. San Diego Unified Port District (1996) 42 Cal.App.4th 686

Native Sun/Lyon Communities v. City of Escondido (1993) 15 Cal.App.4th 892

Speaking Seminars and Conferences

California Airport Land Use Consortium Statewide Conference, Sacramento, California, Speaker.  Subject: CEQA: A Legal Perspective and The 2011 Caltrans Handbook Update: A Legal Perspective, May 15, 2012. 

SWAAAE 48th Annual Airport Management Conference, Monterey, California, Speaker.  Subject:  Airport Land Use Commissions and Airport Land Use Compatibility Planning, January 26, 2008.

SWAAAE 49th Annual Airport Management Conference, Monterey, California, Speaker.  Subject:  Overview of California's Statutory and Regulatory Framework for Greenhouse Gas Emissions, January 24, 2009.

Workshop on Airport Land Use Commission, Shasta County, California, Speaker.  Subject:  Land Use Compatibility Issues, July 13, 2009.

SWAAAE 64th Annual Summer Conference, San Diego, California, Panelist.  Subject:  Recent Developments in Airport Land Use Compatibility Planning, July 20, 2010.

American Planning Association California 2010 Conference, Carlsbad, California, Panelist. Subject:  Balancing Competing Public Objectives – Airport Land Use Compatibility Planning in Growing Communities, November 1, 2010.

APA California 2010 Conference, La Costa, California, Speaker.  Subject:  Airport Land Use Compatibility Planning, November 3, 2010.

SWAAAE 51st Annual Airport Management Conference, Monterey, California, Speaker.  Subject:  A Recap of 2010's ALUC and Air Quality Developments, January 29, 2011.

SWAAAE 52nd Annual Airport Management Conference, Monterey, California, Speaker.  Subject:  Land Use Planning Legal Updates, January 28, 2012.