Practice/Industry Group Overview
The firm has extensive experience in all aspects of land use law, including related areas of state and local government law, real property law, commercial transaction law, public finance law, construction law and litigation. Specifically, the firm's land use law practice encompasses:
- Developments of Regional Impact
- Comprehensive Planning and Zoning
- Environmental Permitting
- Utilities and Transportation
- Development Agreements
- Financing and Special Districts
- Administrative and Judicial Litigation
- Governmental Lobbying
The firm developed these skills more fully while serving as Orange County Attorney during the '70s and '80s. Since that time, the firm has represented businesses, individuals, and governments in thousands of federal, state and local land use approval and permit proceedings and transactions. From the point a development is conceived and continuing throughout the agency approvals, environmental permitting, subdivision approvals, infrastructure financing, special district matter (if any), public utilities concerns and construction, GrayRobinson offers a team of experts that enable the client to steer clear of delays and denials and "make the project happen."
Development of Regional Impacts ("DRIs")
One of the most complex land use proceedings in Florida is the DRI process. This process requires state, regional, and local approvals for development projects of a certain size. The firm has been substantially involved in scores of DRIs within dozens of local government jurisdictions for over 20 years. Handling DRI matters also involves avoidance or simplification of the DRI process for each potential DRI client. The firm has significant long-term dealings with the state agency primarily responsible for DRIs - the Florida Department of Community Affairs. Finally, obtaining DRI approval requires team work with other consultants and professionals necessary to complete the process. Our firm prides itself on such team work and approaches each project with our firm's hallmark "can do" attitude.
Comprehensive Planning and Zoning
Since 1975, Florida has been on the cutting edge of state comprehensive planning and zoning laws. Lawyers in the firm have handled virtually every type of planning and zoning proceeding, including planned unit developments, rezoning, sector plans, plan amendments, special exceptions, subdivisions, concurrency, land development code drafting, vested rights, equitable estoppel, consistency proceedings, Bert Harris Act litigation, and other related matters.
For almost half a century, Florida has led the nation in the regulation of natural resources. Lawyers in the firm have been involved in obtaining or affecting the issuance or denial of virtually every type of environment permit in Florida at federal, state and local levels.
Public Services and Improvements
The firm is experienced in a wide variety of proceedings involving the planning, financing, permitting, construction, expansion, and maintenance of public services and improvements, including roads, interchanges, utilities, drainage, schools, convention/civic centers, and other systems and facilities. The firm has been involved in numerous transactions and proceedings to provide these systems and facilities.