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Patsy Stadelman Price

Senior Land Use Project Manager
Santa Barbara, California

Patsy Stadelman Price represents public and private sector clients in all facets of development, including due diligence, project design, project management, environmental review, permitting and compliance. She has used her significant experience with sustainable development, the California Coastal Commission and the California Environmental Quality Act to assist clients including conservation organizations, water and wastewater agencies and real estate investors to navigate the complex development process.

Patsy is a certified planner with extensive experience in planning and project management in California. Having worked in the planning departments of local agencies before joining Brownstein, Patsy has a sophisticated understanding of the complexities of land use and the entitlement process in California. She acts as a bridge between multiple stakeholders including the client, public agency staff and decision makers, client consultants and members of the public. Patsy combines her knowledge of regulation, political climate, public relations and practical know-how to develop and execute solutions to help clients achieve their objectives.

Representative Matters
  • Provided land use and entitlement counsel, including successfully streamlining the CEQA process, for a 100-megawatt, 400-megawatt hour battery energy storage system on a brownfield site in unincorporated Ventura County, California. The landmark energy storage project includes a Tesla Megapack battery system and will provide local, on-demand energy storage capacity to help Southern California’s transition away from a coastal natural gas powered power plant while increasing reliability and capacity to integrate the growing proportion of renewable sources of electricity generation on the grid.

  • Represent The Nature Conservancy regarding coastal land use, water, and property tax issues related to The Dangermond Preserve, an approximately 25,000 acre property on the Gaviota Coast of Santa Barbara County, California, including complying with Coastal Commission orders related to Coastal Act violations by a previous owner of the property.

  • Counsel to the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History in CEQA, land use and real estate issues before the City and County of Santa Barbara regarding their master plan project for updating and expanding the museum property and facilities.

  • Counsel to MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation on real estate, land use, redevelopment and CEQA issues associated with the construction of a 17,000 square foot museum designed to LEED Silver standards in the City of Santa Barbara's downtown El Pueblo Viejo Landmark District.

  • Developed strategy and program to obtain development entitlements for a new residence in an existing and established high-end, beach neighborhood in Montecito, CA. Following the controversial entitlement process, managed the LEED Platinum certification process for the contemporary, custom-designed, sustainable residence which will also receive a resolution of commendation from the Board of Supervisors, Santa Barbara County's highest decision making body.

  • Represented a Southern California neighborhood association objecting to a Local Coastal Program Amendment and a Public Works Plan proposed by a regional open space agency, including extensive proceedings before the Coastal Commission and subsequent litigation and appeal.

  • Provides general counsel services to Goleta West Sanitary District, a California public agency, including advice to the Board of Directors and management; drafting of ordinances and resolutions, contracts and other legal documents; business negotiations; regulatory compliance and litigation.

  • Represented a California health club organization in the preparation of a property report assessing land use opportunities and constraints relative to long-term planning for a community recreation facility.

  • Conducted due diligence and land use research related to the acquisition of a historic 16-acre estate in California.

  • Represented a client before Santa Barbara County to obtain entitlements for the development of a custom-designed, sustainable home. Brownstein also assisted in easement issues and managed the LEED certification process for the property.

  • Provided land use and CEQA compliance advice to a major utility regarding a large transmission line project traversing two counties.

  • Client operates an innovative composting operation providing critical composting services for municipal and agricultural green waste and works in collaboration with university research scientists to investigate the potential for carbon sequestration and soil restoration. Brownstein successfully represented the client following the County taking the position that the client’s operations should be covered by a conditional use permit (CUP) and needed environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), opening their operations up to litigation risk as well as considerable expense. Brownstein successfully documented the right to operate by right, without a CUP, via a detailed accounting of County Code, and relevant exemptions. County withdrew its demand for a CUP application and CEQA review.

News & Events

Junior Warden, Trinity Episcopal Church Vestry

Buildings & Grounds Committee Chair, Trinity Episcopal Church

Publications & Presentations
    • M.A., 2002, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Geography
    • B.B.A., 1999, summa cum laude, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
    Certified, American Institute of Certified Planners, 2007

    Member, American Planning Association, Central Coast Section

    Member, American Planning Association, California Chapter