Jon E. Goetz

Mr. Goetz is a shareholder of the firm with 29 years of experience in land use, real estate, environmental, redevelopment, affordable housing and municipal law. He represents a broad spectrum of private-sector landowners and real estate developers, housing authorities, universities and other public entities in complex real estate development transactions, land use planning, public-private development, infrastructure financing and affordable housing transactions.

Legal Experience

Mr. Goetz has served as lead attorney for a multitude of real property matters, including:

  • More than 150 housing developments and programs involving thousands of affordable and market rate housing units, including master planned communities, mixed use and transit oriented developments, encompassing new construction, acquisition/rehabilitation and homebuyer programs
  • More than 50 commercial and retail projects, including construction and rehabilitation of regional and neighborhood shopping centers, hotels, theaters, “big box” stores, restaurants and auto dealerships
  • Ten university workforce housing projects and programs for faculty and staff
  • Numerous purchases and sales of residential, business and agricultural properties

All of these projects involve close cooperation between private developers and public agency officials and staff, processing a variety of land use entitlements, environmental and CEQA approvals, and documenting purchase, lease, development and infrastructure agreements. In these matters Mr. Goetz focuses on quickly and efficiently resolving issues through negotiation and creative problem-solving. On those occasions when litigation is necessary, he participates in both traditional litigation and administrative mandamus proceedings.

Mr. Goetz has considerable expertise in prevailing wages, having advised public agencies and developers of hotel, office, retail and shopping center projects on ways to structure public agency agreements to avoid or minimize prevailing wage liability. He has represented parties in a number of Department of Industrial Relations administrative determination matters.

Prior to joining Kronick, Mr. Goetz was a shareholder of a 100+ attorney regional law firm, where he represented redevelopment agencies, private developers, universities and others in public-private real estate development projects, financings and other real property and public law matters. He has also served as counsel in the real estate department of an 800+ attorney international law firm, representing multi-family and single family housing developers in affordable housing transactions financed with federal tax credits, bond financing and other governmental financing.

Practice Examples

  • Represents a coastal city in reacquiring waterfront property and development of a proposed $300 million retail, restaurant, hotel and entertainment center on ground leased property.
  • Structured ground lease and public assistance for a city to facilitate an affordable housing project that will double the city’s population.
  • Represented housing authority in redevelopment of dilapidated WWII era 150 unit public housing project into a modern 300 unit low income housing tax credit development.
  • Prepared development, affordable housing and financial assistance agreements, and assisted in obtaining land use entitlements for large new urban housing project adjacent to downtown area of Central Coast city.
  • Assisted national housing developer in creation of more than 500 affordable units on closed military base to meet city inclusionary housing requirements and qualify for density bonus.
  • Represented winery in acquisition of agricultural land and resolution of dispute with neighbors.
  • Structured an agreement among a developer, redevelopment agency and transit district for a $100 million transit village development with 231 housing units, $20 million in improvements to light rail, train and bus stations, and retail space and public infrastructure.
  • Handled the disposition and development agreement for The River at Rancho Mirage, a 30 acre, $70 million open-air retail and entertainment center.
  • Prepared agreements for construction of the award-winning Solara affordable apartments, California’s first fully solar powered multifamily housing project.
  • Represented ranch owners in resolution of boundary disputes with neighboring property owners.
  • Obtained city reimbursement of $9 million of flood control improvements constructed for a large retail center via an infrastructure lease, avoiding costly prevailing wage requirements.
  • Created a housing authority for the streamlined eminent domain acquisition of 150 dilapidated condominium units in a high crime area, and documented the $37 million rehabilitation of the housing into an apartment project under consolidated ownership and management.
  • Designed an innovative ground lease structure for purchasers of homes in an 86-unit university workforce housing development, resulting in prices 50% below market.
  • Documented agreements for the development of live-work loft townhomes in Santa Ana Artist’s Village, which served as a prototype for suburban loft housing.
  • Represented a developer in the development of an 89-unit apartment complex, financed with redevelopment housing bonds, tax credits and housing authority land lease after dissolution of redevelopment agency.
  • Handled acquisition of a 34 unit condominium project and resale of units to university faculty, devising loan and buyback programs to accelerate home purchases during a severe housing slump.
  • Facilitated land acquisition, business relocation, land exchange and development of a $35 million downtown theater, which has ranked in top five nationally in ticket sales.
  • Facilitated construction of the most affordable housing subdivision in California at the time, with single family detached home prices under $90,000.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

Mr. Goetz speaks frequently to a variety of professional organizations on issues relating to real estate, economic development, infrastructure financing, affordable housing, university workforce housing and prevailing wages. Other professional activities and affiliations include:

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated Attorney
  • Member, LeadingAge of California, and member of Affordable Housing Cabinet
  • Member, California Association for Local Economic Development, and member of Tax Increment Financing Committee
  • Member, State Bar of California, Real Property Section
  • Member, California Redevelopment Association (1990-2012); and member of Housing Task Force
  • Founding Member, Board of Directors, Irvine Community Land Trust (2007-2009)
  • Member, Board of Directors, San Luis Obispo County Habitat for Humanity (2011-2016, Chair, 2012-2013)
  • Member, City of San Luis Obispo Land Use and Circulation Element Update Task Force (2012-2015)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Home Builders Association of the Central Coast (2012-2015) and member of the Government Affairs Committee (2009-2015)
  • Member, San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce, Legislative Committee (2012), Economic Development Committee (2010-2011), Housing Committee (2015)

Academic Background

J.D. Harvard Law School, 1987

  • Graduated cum laude

B.A. University of California, San Diego, 1982

  • Graduated magna cum laude