Kyndra Joy
Casper

Land Use & Development



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Kyndra Joy Casper

Land Use & Development

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Kyndra Joy Casper is a Partner in Liner’s Real Estate and Land Use Group. Her practice emphasizes land use and environmental matters, including project management, obtaining development entitlements, land use due diligence, administrative proceedings, and litigation.  She is also the firm's foremost expert on compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), an essential part of land use advice in the state. Her recent standout work includes taking the lead on the massive $1 billion Crossroads of the World project in Hollywood, and also obtaining Governor certification of the project as an Environmental Leadership Development Project, one of only seven in the entire state; the Primestor shopping center project at Mission Hills; the Lowe Enterprises mixed-use Ivy Station project in Culver City and Los Angeles; and on the Shapell Properties Vineyards at Porter Ranch lifestyle center and multifamily project.

Kyndra assists land owners and developers through all stages of the entitlement and development process, providing counsel to clients on local planning and zoning regulations and related environmental matters as well as counseling clients on community outreach and media strategies. She also advises clients on land use and environmental regulations including the California Subdivision Map Act, state CEQA Streamlining laws, and Density Bonus laws. Kyndra also has experience in writ of mandate proceedings and real estate and environmental litigation.

Kyndra's reputation among City officials and notoriety as a 'go-to' presence in the Los Angeles land use space gives Liner's practice strength and depth that are nearly unmatched in the market. Kyndra's value to her clients results from her understanding of the public process and effectuating it in a way that is commercially viable, thereby enhancing the client's benefit.

Education

Southwestern University School of Law (J.D.)

University of Southern California (B.A.)

Recognition
  • Law360 Rising Star: Real Estate (2016)
  • Southern California Super Lawyers – Rising Stars (2015-2017)
  • Law 360 Top Attorneys Under 40 (2016)
Community
  • Board of Directors of the Glendale Humane Society, a private 501(c)(3) no-kill animal rescue
  • Central City Association of Los Angeles
  • Urban Land Institute
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
Representations
  • Harridge Development Group—Leading all development issues related to the landmark Crossroads Hollywood project, a transformational and high profile $1+ billion project to preserve and revitalize the historic Crossroads of the World complex and supplement it with an additional 1.3 million square feet of development on an adjacent 7+ acres.
  • Handling the wide range of development issues in connection with Ivy Station, a Lowe Enterprises transit-oriented development project, which includes a 200-unit apartment building, a 148-room hotel, and a 210,445 square foot office building. Shepherded the project through a set of complex, multi-jurisdictional approvals in Culver City and Los Angeles, which included general plan amendments, zone changes, and a street vacation.
  • The project is particularly complex as it spans two jurisdictions. Addressing the various issues in development including CEQA, building and safety issues, land use, and concurrent entitlements in both jurisdictions (Culver City and Los Angeles).
  • Riley Realty:  Handling all development issues on this $200 million  Yucca Argyle mixed-use development on an approximately 50,000 square-foot urban infill site in the center of Hollywood. The project will include approximately 260 hotel rooms, 191 residential units (39 of which will be affordable), and 6,980 square feet of retail/restaurant uses.
  • Primestor Development—Leading the Liner team in handling all land use issues in relation to The Olivo shopping center project at Mission Hills. The project involves a number of complex land use entitlement issues, including a general plan amendment, zone change, conditional use permits, alcohol licensing for new food and beverage outlets, and site plan review.
  • Atlas Capital—Handling development coordination in relation to the Chinatown Station project, a 5-acre urban infill development adjacent to the Chinatown Metro stop in Downtown Los Angeles. Leading complex land use entitlements including general plan amendment and rezoning for the College Station project, a 5-acre mixed-use, transit-oriented project with over 700 apartments and over 51K square feet of ground floor commercial uses.
  • Shapell—Handling all land use, political, and community-relations issues in relation to the Village at Porter Ranch.  The development is a commercial lifestyle center at the hub of Porter Ranch and includes modifications to decades-old tract map approvals, amendments to a Specific Plan, approval of a comprehensive signage plan including new, LED digital signage, and approval of a master conditional use permit for a variety of alcohol uses. In addition to the entitlements, Liner also led CEQA compliance including review of and addendum to a previously certified Final Environmental Impact Report. 
  • Managed the entire entitlement process, including due diligence, CEQA review, and hearing phases for a mixed-use project consisting of multi-family residential, retail, and restaurant uses in Los Angeles.
  • Provided representation to the developer on entitlement applications, CEQA review, and hearing process for a 450,000-square-foot regional shopping center in the greater Los Angeles area.
  • Represented the developer of a mixed-use project consisting of more than a million square feet of development in Los Angeles with residential, office, commercial, and hotel uses. Assisted in the preparation of an Environmental Impact Report, including complex traffic, parking, and land use issues.