Law Offices of Tina Wallis

Tina Wallis

Tina Wallis

Tina Wallis advises clients on land use, environmental, and groundwater matters including General Plan and zoning issues, compliance with California’s Environmental Quality (CEQA), land use entitlements, and conservation easements. Ms. Wallis does transactional work and litigation. She pairs a comprehensive understanding of the issues with a straight-forward approach to resolve critical environmental, natural resource, project development, and sustainability issues.

In addition to this, she assists with due diligence for acquisitions or sales where the property is entitled, but the project has not been built yet.

Ms. Wallis began her legal career advising counties, cities, and special districts on land use, public works, general government, airport, and landfill matters. During this time, she built a reputation as a fair and respectful problem solver, and is thus highly regarded with those whom she negotiates with on her clients’ behalf.

Ms. Wallis has guided private and public sector clients through environmental review, securing permits for building and operations such as:

  • All aspects of CEQA compliance from application submittal through litigation
  • Conservation Easements
  • Wineries
  • Tasting Rooms
  • Luxury Resorts
  • Residential Subdivisions
  • Commercial Subdivisions
  • Railroads
  • Quarries
  • Asphalt Plants
  • Retreat Centers
  • Religious Retreat Centers
  • Retail Centers
  • Small Shopping Centers
  • Alternative Energy Systems
  • Composting Operations
  • General Plan Updates
  • Zoning Ordinance Updates
  • Resolving alleged violations of environmental laws

Education

  • Bachelor of Science, University of California, Davis, 1993
  • Juris Doctor, Vermont Law School, 1997

Affiliations and Awards

  • Treasurer/Director, Sonoma County Bar Association, 2002-2013
  • Professor, Empire College of Law: Environmental Law and Legal Writing and Research, 2003-Present
  • Member, Santa Rosa Junior College Paralegal Studies Advisory Board, 2010-present
  • Member, Scribes Legal Writing Society
  • Member, Clarity Legal Writing Society
  • Judge Pro Tem, Sonoma County Small Claims Court, 2002-2006
  • Presenter: Water Supply Requirements for Land Use Projects 2011
  • Presenter: Land Use and CEQA Update, December 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016
  • Presenter: CEQA 101, 2016
  • Presenter: The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, 2015

Traci Tesconi

Traci Tesconi

Traci Tesconi is a Land Use Planner who assists property owners and other clients in the private sector with permit applications related to land use and compliance with the General Plan, Specific Plan, and Zoning Code requirements, as well as environmental laws under CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act). Ms. Tesconi has a vast working knowledge of the California Environmental Quality (CEQA), Subdivision Map Act, Williamson Act, Farm Worker Housing Ordinance, Local Coastal Plan, and other code requirements. Ms. Tesconi does a thorough review and analysis to ensure private development projects garner public and decision-maker support.

A Sonoma County native, Ms. Tesconi began her career in the County of Sonoma Planning Department, which has also been called PRMD and Permit Sonoma. As a Planner, Ms. Tesconi took many land-use projects through the decision-making and CEQA process, including: Land Conservation Act contracts (aka Williamson Act), conservation easements, wineries, tasting rooms, creameries, campgrounds and resorts, animal refuges, residential and commercial subdivisions, retreat centers, industrial and retail projects, alternative energy systems, and water systems.

Ms. Tesconi has been recognized for her work by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors and Sonoma County Planning Commissioners.

Education

• Bachelor of Arts, California State University at Fresno

Affiliations and Awards

• Certificates of Appreciation (2009 and 2015) from the California County Planning Directors Association in recognition for distinguished public service
• Member, Coach and Leader, Sonoma County 4-H and Future Farmers of America
• Member, Sonoma County Farm Bureau