Richard C. Monk

Monk RichardRichard C. Monk is a senior partner in the law firm of Hollister & Brace. He received his B.A. in Business Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1965. From 1965 – 1967 he served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, with duty stations in the United States and Thailand. He received his J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1970. During law school, he was a member of the University of San Francisco Law Review and the recipient of several scholarships.

Mr. Monk practices general civil law with an emphasis in Land Use; Real Estate; Property Development; Environmental Law; Administrative Law; Condemnation Law; and Litigation associated with the foregoing specialties.

Mr. Monk was counsel for the developers in Citizens of Goleta Valley v. Board of Supervisors (1988) 197 Cal. App. 3d 1167; Citizens of Goleta Valley v. Board of Supervisors (1990) 52 Cal 3d 553; Morehart v. County of Santa Barbara (1994) 7 Cal 4th 725; City of Goleta v. Superior Court (2006) 40 Cal 4th 270.

Mr. Monk has served on the Boards of Directors of the Downtown Organization of Santa Barbara, Inc. and the Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce, serving as its Chairman in 1988. He is a Trustee Emeritus of the Santa Barbara Foundation. Mr. Monk holds an “AV” Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, Inc. – its highest rating awarded to attorneys.

  • J.D. 1970, University of San Francisco School of Law
  • B.A. in Business Economics, 1965, University of California at Santa Barbara
  • California Bar Association (Admitted January 7, 1971)
  • Santa Barbara County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
Areas of Practice:
  • Land Use
  • Real Estate
  • Property Development
  • Environmental
  • Administrative
  • Condemnation
  • Litigation associated with the foregoing specialties
Partial List of Land Use Approvals Where Mr. Monk was the land use attorney – See Link at:
Mr. Monk’s Representative Land Use Clients – See Link at:
Partial List of Land Use Approvals Where Mr. Monk was the land use attorney
  • Bacara Resort & Spa (Formerly known as the “Hyatt Project” 400 room hotel, Goleta, CA opened September, 2000. Subject of Citizens of Goleta Valley v. Board of Supervisors (1990) 52 Cal. 3d 553)
  • Carpinteria Business Park (“Lagunitas Project”) (38 single family detached residences, 36 condominium units and 145,425 square feet of office and research/development space)
  • Caruso Affiliated Miramar Beach Resort and Bungalows Project (Construction of 170 room luxury oceanfront hotel project and beach membership club)
  • Chart House (Major Remodel of Chart House Restaurant at 101 East Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara, CA)
  • Davidson Subdivision (Subdivision of 20+ acres into two 10+ acre parcels at 574 Toro Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, CA)
  • El Patio, Inc. (Major remodel of Best Western El Patio Hotel, now known as “Best Western Beachside Inn,” 336 West Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara, CA)
  • Fairview Shopping Center (Renovation of shopping center at 125 North Fairview Avenue, Goleta, CA)
  • Four Seasons Biltmore Hotel Spa (Construction of new Biltmore Spa and renovation of Biltmore Hotel and Coral Casino, Montecito, CA)
  • Maravilla Senior Living Community (363 unit senior community at 5486 Calle Real, Goleta, CA)
  • Ian Schrager Miramar Hotel Renovation (Renovation of 213-key Miramar Hotel, Montecito, CA)
  • Lunch Properties LLLP (California Coastal Commission approval of a Coastal Development Permit for a 9,555 square foot single-family residence with an attached 639 square foot garage and 121 square feet of non-habitable space on a 20.5 acre lot located north of Sweetwater Mesa Road in the Santa Monica Mountains, Los Angeles County.)
  • Moby Dick Restaurant (Coastal Commission approval of major addition to Moby Dick Restaurant located on Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA)
  • Morehart Project (Residential development on Naples Townsite, one mile west of Bacara. Subject of Morehart v. County of Santa Barbara (1994) 7 Cal. 4th 725.)
  • Ojai Valley Inn & Spa (Major renovation of Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, Ojai, CA)
  • Otto Residence (Coastal Commission approval of major renovation of single family residence at Mussel Shoals, Ventura, CA)
  • Pacifica Graduate Institute (Conditional Use Permit for graduate school of psychology at 249 Lambert Road, Carpinteria, CA; expansion of facility in 2005)
  • People’s Self-Help Housing Corp. (Mariposa town homes and Guadalupe affordable housing projects)
  • City of Pismo Beach (Served as Special City Attorney to City of Pismo Beach in connection with factory outlet project located on south side of U.S. 101)
  • Quackenbush Project (Establish and perfect access rights over Sandpoint Road to property at Sandyland, Carpinteria, CA)
  • Seabreeze Project, Lompoc, CA (295 single family homes and three acres of limited industrial development)
  • U.S. Department of Justice (Served as expert witness for government regarding land use issues in connection with U.S. Federal District Court condemnation case regarding Santa Cruz Island)
  • Walgreens Drugstore (Construction of new Walgreens drugstore with drive-through pharmacy at 5900 CalIe Real, Goleta, CA).
  • Zaleski Residence (Major residential reconstruction of approximate 9,160 square foot single family residence and accessory structures at 1474 East Mountain Drive, Montecito, CA)
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  • Bacara Resort & Spa
  • Bollenbacher & Kelton, Inc.
  • Calle Real, LLC
  • Carpinteria Business Park Investors, LLC
  • Caruso BSC Miramar, LLC
  • DS Ventures, LLC
  • Fairview Shopping Center, LLC
  • Four Seasons Biltmore Hotel
  • Great Universal Capital Association, L.P.
  • HDS Group, LLC
  • H-T Santa Barbara, Inc.
  • Lunch Properties, LLLP
  • MarBorg Industries
  • Morgans Hotel Group
  • Morehart Land Company
  • Ojai Valley Inn & Spa
  • OIy Chadmar Sandpiper General Partnership
  • Pacifica Graduate Institute
  • San Ysidro Ranch
  • Senior Resource Group
  • Ty Warner Hotels, LLC
  • Urban Pacific, LLC
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