Zoning & Land Use

Participants in today’s highly competitive real estate industry need more than just advice and guidance on complicated legal transactions, they need a competitive advantage.  Troutman Sanders Zoning and Land Use Practice Group (ZPG) understands the myriad of legal issues and offers decades of experience and a unique integration of land use, municipal law, public finance, environmental law and lobbying. This inter-disciplinary approach has enabled us to establish relationships with federal, state and local governing bodies, developers, homeowner’s associations and civic groups, ensuring that our client’s interests are well represented in all aspects of land use matters.  This knowledge translates into the ability to identify both potential problems and specific solutions which give our clients a valuable advantage whether they are buying or selling property.

The ZPG represents clients in all facets of national, regional and local land use matters including office, industrial, maritime, telecommunications, shopping centers, mixed use developments, resort developments and hospitality. From signature residential and oceanfront resort communities to the development of national distribution centers and international shipping ports, our attorneys represent clients on land use, regulatory and development issues including: 

  • Planning and zoning approvals
  • Subdivision Approvals and Variances
  • Comprehensive Plan Amendments
  • Annexations from one jurisdiction to another
  • Facility siting and infrastructure assessment
  • Site plans and franchises
  • Public/private partnerships and intergovernmental agreements

ZPG members have served as counsel to various businesses, civic associations, neighborhood groups and individuals on zoning, planning and development matters while representing a variety of commercial businesses, national retailers and developers for projects throughout the United States.   This breadth and depth of experience allows clients to have access to a fully integrated land use team with experience throughout the country.  Our commitment goes beyond traditional representation and gives the ZPG the ability to bring new ideas and fresh solutions to our clients.  Some of our most recent projects include: 

  • Represented Town Center Associates in obtaining the necessary rezoning and text amendments to City Zoning and Site Plan Ordinances to facilitate the $250,000,000 Town Center project in Virginia Beach consisting of high rise office buildings, 300,000 square feet of retail, a 13-story luxury apartment building, a hotel and other land uses.
  • Obtained approvals for new high rise office building in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Represent APM Terminals of Virginia (Maersk Sealand) to obtain local approvals and text amendments to accommodate an $800,000,000 port facility in Portsmuth, Virginia, which will be the largest privately owned and operated marine terminal in the United States.
  • Successfully completed the annexation of property from one municipal corporation to another to accommodate the development of a 2000 acre marine and golf resort development in Eastern Virginia.
  • Served as lead counsel in the acquisition, permitting and development of a $1.5 billion semiconductor manufacturing facility.
  • Counsel to a national retailer for the acquisition and development of hundreds of new locations throughout the southeast. 
  • Served as counsel for numerous solid waste facility construction projects for national solid waste companies including siting negotiations, land use approvals and state and federal permitting issues. 
  • Performed zoning and subdivision due diligence of over 350 sites in all 50 states for a major retirement home company.

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Troutman Sanders defines diversity as an environment of inclusion, in which race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability, background and social and ethnic group differences are accepted and valued, and all members of the Firm can contribute to their fullest potential to achieve the Firm’s business goals.

Troutman Sanders supports many initiatives that foster an inclusive environment and help all its personnel balance commitments to clients and family:

Domestic Partnership Benefits

Troutman Sanders offers domestic partnership insurance benefits and has a longstanding policy against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

Women’s Forum

The Troutman Sanders Women’s Forum is a framework to increase the visibility of our women lawyers and their accomplishments, provide expanded professional and business development opportunities, and provide a supportive environment for the continued recruitment, promotion and retention of women lawyers firm-wide.

Moms' Group

The Moms' Group at Troutman Sanders includes both full and part-time women lawyers with children of all ages and provides the opportunity to discuss issues of common concern among a support network such as part-time employment options with the firm and child-care providers.

Charitable Giving

The firm allocates a significant amount of its annual charitable, diversity, and civic contributions budget toward nonprofit organizations and bar associations with a diverse constituency or whose mission directly influences the issue of diversity.  These organizations include the Latin American Association, National Association of Chinese Americans, Stonewall Bar Association , Georgia Hispanic Chamber,  National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL), Equality Virginia,  Stakeholders, Inc., Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), YWCA, HRNEW, The Urban League, and Catalyst, Inc.


Troutman Sanders proactively recruits a diverse team of lawyers by visiting law school campuses and participating in minority job fairs, including the Lavender Law Job Fair, Southeast Minority Job Fair, Mid-Atlantic BLSA Minority Job Fair and Virginia Bar Association Minority Job Fair.  The firm also sponsors a variety of associations that connect minority law students to internships and job opportunities in the legal industry. 

Ongoing efforts to promote and foster an inclusive environment are lead by the Troutman Sanders Diversity Committee. Its primary goals are to implement the firm’s philosophy on diversity, ensure a welcoming workplace for all personnel, and make an impact on the community through charitable giving and pro bono service.

Members of the Diversity Committee are:

Sallie A. Daniel, Chief Diversity Officer
Ronald R. Ross, Chairperson **
Pamela S. Belleman ** 
Robert L. Bourguignon **
Julie L. Burgener **
Albert C. Hwang **
Molly F. James **
Jennifer Mathis **
Joseph M. Parker **
John M. Ramirez **
E. Fitzgerald Veira **
Sonia K. Bain
Sandra L. Brown
Michael D. Hobbs, Jr.
Roscoe C. Howard, Jr.
Prashant K. Khetan
M. Kevin McCusty
George L. Scruggs
Rebecca W. Shanlever
Wendelin W. Silliman
Anthony F. Troy
Jerome Walker
Farah S. Ahmed * 
Meredith N. Baron *
George G. Booker *
Alonso J. Cisneros *
Tameka M. Collier *
Sara H. Doran *
Kaleen Serena Ford *
Becki F. Kieffer *
Adam S. Libove *
Christina M. Lucio *
Nora Garcia Nickel *
Tashwanda C. Pinchback *
S. Kaveh E. Rashidi-Yazd *
Jimmy R. Rock *
Tania S. Sebastian *
Ashante Latanya Smith *
Matt J. Sperling *
Juliet G. Sy * 
Whitney S. Waldenberg *

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** Office Committee Chair

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