Land Use

Issues involving the right to utilize your property to its highest and best use are intensely personal. Land is often more than just an investment on paper; each tract or parcel is a unique, tangible asset that requires specific advice and planning. We work closely with our real estate attorneys and our environmental and water attorneys to achieve success. We have strong ties to planners, scientists, and engineers across Florida and can help you achieve your goals for your property, whether you need a simple variance or a large scale sector plan.

Our attorneys have more than just “book knowledge.” Our land use attorneys have experience in both the public and private sectors. They have personal backgrounds in agriculture and silviculture. They have experience working in urban planning and real estate development. We understand the relationship between land use law and those industries. We offer a cohesive team of attorneys that will work efficiently to help you navigate the regulatory land use challenges unique to each Florida local government. We possess the skills and the will to enforce your property rights in court when necessary.

We have experience in these land use concepts and techniques, among others:

  • Agricultural Ad Valorem Tax Classification (Greenbelt)

  • Agricultural Preemptions and Right-to-Farm Act Litigation

  • Coastal Planning and Development

  • Comprehensive Plan Amendments

  • Conditional Use Permits

  • Conservation Easements and Strategies

  • Developments of Regional Impact

  • Florida Land Use and Dispute Resolution Act

  • Growth Management

  • Land Use Litigation

  • Land Use Transactional Support

  • Local Government Representation

  • Master-Planned Communities

  • Mining and Reclamation Permits

  • Planned Unit Developments (PUD)

  • Property Rights and Bert J. Harris Act Claims

  • Public/Private Partnerships

  • Religious Rights and Land Use

  • Sector Plans and other Large-Scale Planning Techniques

  • Special Exceptions

  • Statute, Code, Ordinance, and Comprehensive Plan Drafting

  • Variances

  • Zoning and Land Use Due Diligence Analysis

  • Zoning and Rezonings