Land Use & Zoning

Creating and transforming land use and zoning classifications to assist clients who are pursuing development projects and business opportunities throughout the state has been an important part of the Firm’s core business since its inception. The combination of our pre-eminence in real estate, local governmental law, lobbying, and Construction law provides our developer clients with unique and unparalleled counsel in planning, developing and building projects.

From complex commercial ventures such as hotels, office buildings, industrial parks, shopping centers, warehouses, racetracks and telecommunications towers to high rise condominiums, apartment buildings, residential homes, workforce and affordable housing, and even county fairs, the Firm’s land use and zoning attorneys are experienced and knowledgeable in all aspects of land development and usage including but not limited to, local government law, developer agreements, land use and zoning changes, environmental permitting, site planning, DRI compliance, creation of Planned Unit Developments (PUD), Planned Developments (PD), Community Redevelopment Agencies (CRA). Where appropriate, we assist our clients to obtain density increases, drafting and filing of state registration requirements, use of tax credit financing, variances, temporary use permits, drafting and processing amendments to local, county and state law, and obtaining valuable economic incentives.

The Firm has a successful track record for increasing developer entitlements with density bonuses, variances, special exceptions, tens of millions of dollars in cash incentives to developers, and many creative zoning solutions. The Firm prides itself in working with civic and community groups to build consensus and propose out of the box winning strategies that unify communities. The Firm has vast experience in all aspects of local government approvals, site plans, signage, water-sewer permits, TCO’s, CO’s, environmental approvals, concurrency, and permits for rock crushing, mining, fill, asphalt operations, etc. The Firm has successfully represented clients in over 100 different cities in Florida.

Our client base includes buyers, sellers, lenders and borrowers, owners, developers and contractors who are all seeking to increase the economic value of their land. In addition, the Firm represents telecommunications companies seeking approvals from local governmental entities for specific land uses that will enhance their technology. In addition, through our representation of 4,000+ Community Association clients, we are called upon to negotiate development agreements to mitigate impacts from nearby or adjoining developments. We have successfully represented Community Association clients before City and County Commissions throughout Florida on zoning, permits, height limitations, setbacks, noise mitigation, etc.

Clients for whom we have handled land use, zoning & entitlement work include, for example: Trump, WSG, Ocean Properties, Cornerstone, Triad, Pinnacle Housing Group, RAM, MCZ/Centrum, Isle of Capri Casinos, J.W. Harris, Carr Development, Lane, Firm Realty, Southern Facilities, Fortune, U.S. Capital, Diplomat Properties, Frontier Development, T-Mobile, TD Bank, Prince Bush, United Trust Fund, Ferro Development, Advance Auto Parts, Sunshine Gas Distributors, Lexus of Kendall, Ben Gamla Charter Schools, Advantage Academy Charter School and many others.

The Land Use & Zoning team has experience throughout Florida. The team includes long time Miami Dade County zoning attorney Perry Adair. Michael Boutzoukas leads our efforts in Tampa Bay and Orlando regions.