The attorneys in our Real Estate Department address land use law, zoning laws, and permitting challenges that face our clients throughout the state. We handle obtaining local, regional, and state government approvals, such as rezoning, variances, special exceptions, conditional uses, and planned developments in a variety of situations and in a variety of jurisdictions. We also handle obtaining permits from regional and state agencies such as the water management districts, the Public Service Commission (PSC), and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP).
We understand the importance of building relationships with local and regional governments and other players in the development process. That is why we are very active in the communities in which we practice. Our attorneys have years of experience working with local governments in drafting and amending local comprehensive plans and zoning codes and serving on regional planning councils and local government blue ribbon commissions, as well as with management district governing boards.
Because concurrency, natural resources, land use, and zoning raise intrinsically local issues, when working with our statewide clients, we coordinate and oversee their legal counsel needs throughout the state to ensure that they receive the most comprehensive and seamless representation possible. In addition, our lawyers work directly with water management district staffs throughout Florida. We have clients establishing (or avoiding through legal devices) development of regional impact status, as well as vested entitlements.