Land Use and Zoning

From forming entities to purchase and develop real estate, to representing individuals seeking to buy or sell a home, clients have relied on our experience through the years of inevitable market cycles.

For 25 years we have focused on providing effective real estate counsel to our clients. We consider the client’s needs and objectives in recommending a legal strategy that most efficiently accomplishes our clients goals. Our attorneys regularly appear before planning and zoning boards, as well as other administrative bodies and agencies. Clients have continued to rely on us for our ability to negotiate the nuances of transactions and to assure that agreements contain terms which protect our clients’ interests. We also assist with due diligence where there are zoning, land use and/or environmental concerns. We handle all aspects of buying, developing or selling real estate, from the initial offer to the final closing.

Here are some examples of the real estate services we provide to our clients:

Real Estate Development

  • Land use due diligence and site feasibility analysis
  • Negotiation and drafting of agreements for of all types of real estate
  • Condominium and planned community documentation
  • Real estate tax assessment appeals
  • Condemnation/eminent domain claims
  • Miscellaneous site development documentation, including easements, restrictive covenants, cross-easements, declarations and municipal development/escrow agreements
  • Loan documentation
  • Leasing negotiation and documentation
  • Partnership and limited liability company agreements
  • Litigation related to development rights

 

Zoning and Land Use Related Permits and Approvals

  • Subdivision approvals for new residential housing developments
  • Redevelopment projects including redevelopment agreements and financial incentives
  • Land development approvals for new office, industrial and commercial developments and for the renovation and expansion of existing projects
  • Rezonings and zone amendments
  • Conditional use permits and approvals, variances, special exceptions and certificates
  • Highway-related permits from local and state agencies
  • Environmental permits, approvals, clearances and releases from environmental liability from local and state agencies
  • Compliance with aesthetic and design review regulations
  • Negotiation of exactions, dedications and development impact fees\
  • Compliance with government open meeting and public records laws during the development process

Environmental-Related Services

  • Regulation of discharge of hazardous materials into the environment (air/water/soil)
  • Sustainability and climate change regulation
  • Compliance and related aspects of siting and redeveloping properties, including:
    Wetlands, Stormwater and Mitigating the impact of development on public services