Land Use

Our Real Estate team offers a full range of services to the development community, to get projects from concept to completion in a range of regulatory environments. Our team has significant experience in land use, development entitlements, and planning and zoning matters, including:

  • Annexation
  • Conditional uses
  • Development agreements
  • Development entitlements
  • Easements and rights-of-way
  • Formation of special districts
  • Initiatives and referenda
  • Interlocal / intergovernmental agreements
  • Land use related litigation
  • Local, state, and federal licensing and permitting
  • Participation agreements
  • Revenue sharing agreements
  • Urban renewal
  • Regulatory due diligence
  • Sign regulation
  • Special uses
  • Subdivision
  • Variances
  • Vested rights
  • Zoning advocacy
  • Zoning reform

Our site planning attorneys represent and collaborate with landowners, developers, contract purchasers, local governments, special districts, state and federal agencies, and other stakeholders to provide creative solutions to complex land use challenges. We pride ourselves on the balanced perspective we maintain by representing private and public-sector clients. Our multifaceted practice enables us to see the issues from “all sides,” and identify opportunities that may not be obvious.

For the development community, we help clients navigate complex webs of review procedures in order to obtain approvals for a wide array of development opportunities -- from new places that cover many square miles to smaller infill and redevelopment projects in cities and suburbs. We also provide related services, such as identifying and establishing appropriate funding mechanisms for infrastructure, site development, and environmental remediation, and negotiating agreements between landowners for easements, licenses, and infrastructure cost-sharing.

For the public sector, we serve as general or special counsel to local governments, special districts, and urban renewal agencies in dealing with land use issues, including providing assistance with interlocal land use issues and legislative reform.

For information on other aspects of our real estate practice, please see  Commercial Leasing, Development and Construction, Environmental Law, Land Use, Lending and Commercial Foreclosures, Mixed Use, Condominiums and Planned Communities, Natural Resources, Real Estate Acquisitions and Sales, Real Estate Litigation and Water Law.