Land Use & Development

Barriers to entry for new construction have never been higher. We navigate the complex set of zoning, planning, land use, environmental and other regulations. Our team understands the ordinances and processes, anticipates the challenges and obstacles and consistently provides cost-effective, practical solutions. We oversee the regulatory process from beginning to end, working with architects, engineers, surveyors, and other experts to ensure all permit applications and entitlements are accurate, effective, timely and within budget. With permit-granting authorities, we ensure written approvals are clear and comprehensive. When necessary, the firm’s experienced land use and environmental litigators zealously represent our clients in legal challenges.

Real Estate Law - Land Use & Development

Getting everyone on-board often depends on “the right touch.”

Our Professionals

Our land use attorneys represent clients in all aspects of the development process from pre-acquisition strategic planning all the way through to public hearing advocacy, community outreach and public relations. We handle all types of development projects, including:


  • Affordable housing
  • Brownfields redevelopment
  • Commercial real estate development and redevelopment
  • Condemnation/Eminent domain
  • Condominiums
  • Solar projects
  • Easements and dedications
  • LEED certified projects
  • Mixed-use projects
  • Nonconforming uses
  • Renewable energy projects
  • Shopping center development and redevelopment
  • Subdivision of land for residential and commercial purposes
  • Waterfront and wetlands permitting (marinas/docks/boathouses/moorings)
  • Wet lab projects
  • Public/Private Partnerships
  • Wind farms


We help with matters involving:


  • Environmental permitting
  • Historic preservation
  • Impact fee negotiation
  • Inverse and regulatory takings
  • Land use litigation
  • Rezoning
  • Signage
  • Site plan review
  • Tax credits
  • Tax increment financing
  • Utilities
  • Variance and special use permits
  • Vested rights and grandfathered conditions
  • Payment in lieu of tax (PILOT) agreements
  • Tax Abatements


To learn more about our Land Use & Development practice, please contact one of our Practice Group Chairs: John H. Sokul: Chair, Scott E. Cooper: Co-Chair.

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