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 estate and real property law, commercial transaction law, public finance law, construction law and litigation. 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
- Code Enforcement
The firm developed these skills through representation of both local governments and private sector clients. While being aware of political sensitivities, the focus is on the business realities of the project. The firm has represented businesses, individuals, and governments in thousands of federal, state and local land use permit proceedings and transactions. From the point a development is conceived, through financing concerns and due diligence and continuing throughout the project siting, agency permitting process, environmental permitting, subdivision permitting process, infrastructure financing, special district matters (if any), public utilities concerns and construction, GrayRobinson offers a team of accomplished and experienced attorneys that understands their clients desire to steer clear of delays and denials and chart a course towards making the project happen.
Growth Management and Zoning
Since 1975, Florida has been on the cutting edge of state growth management, comprehensive planning and zoning laws. Lawyers in the firm have handled virtually every type of planning and zoning proceeding, including planned unit developments, annexations, rezoning, sector plans, plan amendments, special exceptions, variances, subdivisions, concurrency, transportation agreements, development agreements, land development code drafting, vested rights, equitable estoppel, consistency proceedings, property rights/Bert Harris Act litigation, eminent domain, code enforcement compliance, alcoholic beverage and liquor licensing, communications permitting, and other related matters.
The firm has experience representing numerous types of clients including large corporations, small business owners, individuals, citizen groups, non-profit organizations, local governments and agencies, and public and private educational institutions. While each type of client has a particular set of needs, desires, and goals regarding a specific project, the breadth and depth of our collective team has the experience, talent and knowledge to work towards realization of those goals.
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 including multiple large-scale environmental and conservation acquisitions and conservation easement transactions.
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 infrastructure improvements, including roads, interchanges, utilities, communications, drainage, schools, convention/civic centers, and other systems and facilities. The firm has been involved in numerous transactions and proceedings to provide siting, construction and operation of these systems and facilities.
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 including exploring other options such as sector planning and rural land stewardship. The firm has significant long-term dealings with the several state agencies involved in the DRI process. Finally, the DRI permitting process 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.