California Bar Journal
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California Bar Journal

The State Bar of California


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Front Page - April 2000
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News Briefs
Election schedule set for board, CYLA vacancies
Bar court judge appointments process to be reviewed
Newest board member dies
Ventura County mobile legal center cited by ABA
ABA offers three CLE programs
Bar, Western State plan annual ethics symposium
Penalty for late bar dues moved to April 28
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Legal Tech - UM: The leading edge of convergence
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From the President - Link starting salaries with service
Easy to destroy, hard to rebuild
2 trains on a collision course
Keep the judiciary independent
Letters to the Editor
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MCLE Self-Study
Viewing the Subdivision Map Act
Self-Assessment Test
MCLE Calendar of Events
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Public Comment
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Ethics Byte - More on the written agreement
Charges of grand theft, sexual battery lead to bar hearing
Attorney Discipline


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Self-Assessment Test
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Answer the following questions after reading the MCLE article on the Map Act. Use the answer form provided to send the test, along with a $20 processing fee, to the State Bar. Please allow at least eight weeks for MCLE certificates to reach you in the mail.

1.  A tentative map is generally used to create four or fewer lots.

2. The Subdivision Map Act provides that a tentative map may be “revived” once it expires.

3. The initial life of a tentative map is 12 months after its approval.

4. Although an express provision in a Development Agreement may extend the life of a tentative map, this contractual extension cannot exceed 10 years.

5. Although pending litigation involving the approval or conditional approval of a tentative map may extend the life of the tentative map, the litigation stay must be approved by the local agency that approved the tentative map.

6. Under certain circumstances, local agencies may enact ordinances which limit extensions otherwise permitted by the Map Act.

7. The life of a tentative map in existence on May 15, 1996, is automatically extended by 12 months.

8. The legislative extensions provided by Government Code 66452.11 and 66452.13 may not be combined.

9. The Map Act discourages the use of “multiple” or “phased” final maps.

10. A tentative map application filed today may be extended by filing multiple maps if the subdivider is required to expend $125,000 or more on off-site improvements.

11. A local agency must allow the filing of multiple final maps if the subdivider notifies the local agency of his or her intent to do so, even if he or she does so after the tentative map is filed.

12. An application for a discretionary extension automatically extends the life of the tentative map 60 days, or until the local agency acts on the application for extension, whichever occurs first.

13. A “development moratorium” imposed after a tentative map is approved automatically extends the life of the tentative map up to a maximum of five years.

14. Once a development moratorium terminates, the tentative map remains valid for the same period of time left on the life of the map when the moratorium was imposed.

15. California law only allows any subdivision of property through a recorded subdivision map.

16. Both parcel maps and tentative maps are recordable.

17. In order for the lots established by a final map to be legal, the submittal and approval of the final map must be in substantial conformance with the tentative map.

18. The absolute limit for tentative map extensions in California is 25 years.

19. The moratoria applicable to a development moratorium are limited to infrastructure constraints such as a sewer or water moratorium.

20. Section 66452.6 provides the standards for a local agency’s approval or denial of a discretionary extension request for a non-vesting tentative map.


This activity has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of 1 hour.

The State Bar of California certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education.