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Overview

Our comprehensive land development practice includes helping clients locate and acquire viable development or redevelopment sites, identify and address relevant land use and zoning issues, and obtain entitlements. It continues through the completion of development projects. We advise clients on a wide variety of issues including land use and zoning, permitting, public lands acquisitions, leases and easements, local government approvals, utility agreements and easements, lobbying, litigation, and appeals. Our clients include large-scale private commercial, residential, and industrial developers, along with governmental bodies facing litigation challenges.

We offer clients a team that includes lawyers and land planners, creating an efficient service model that reduces costs and streamlines the resolution of issues with state and local regulators. Our land use work includes comprehensive plan amendments, rezonings, code changes, special exception approvals, and variances. We have decades of experience with developments of regional impact (DRIs), community development districts (CDDs), and other special districts. We negotiate sector plans, impact fee credits, developer’s agreements related to concurrency, and ad valorem tax challenges, and provide large-scale due diligence reviews and analysis for major lenders, developers, and corporate decision-makers.

In addition to obtaining approvals, we handle all facets of litigation related to land use and governmental approvals. For example, our team handles numerous 42 U.S.C. § 1983 deprivation of civil rights litigation matters involving Florida land use, representing both private citizens and governments in multimillion-dollar actions.

Experience

  • Served as longtime land use counsel for The Villages, a master-planned age-restricted community near Orlando, Florida, that stretches over three counties and is home to more than 115,000 residents. This unique location involves working with many different layers of government. We handle all aspects of the client’s land development puzzle, including contracts, complex zoning and land use approvals, and permitting challenges. 
  • We have more than 23 years’ experience representing mining companies in connection with their siting, zoning, and permitting challenges. Our clients have several active mines now in the approval process.

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Other Team Members

Joseph J. Verdone

Joseph J. Verdone

Certified Planner/Government Consultant

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The information on this website is presented as a service for our clients and Internet users and is not intended to be legal advice, nor should you consider it as such. Although we welcome your inquiries, please keep in mind that merely contacting us will not establish an attorney-client relationship between us. Consequently, you should not convey any confidential information to us until a formal attorney-client relationship has been established. Please remember that electronic correspondence on the internet is not secure and that you should not include sensitive or confidential information in messages. With that in mind, we look forward to hearing from you.