Land Use

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Babst Calland’s land use attorneys act as solicitors and special counsel to local municipalities, offering an understanding of both the routine and the complex issues that are bound to arise.

On a daily basis, we counsel local land use officials on the processing of building, grading, occupancy, zoning permits and zoning, as well as subdivision, building and property maintenance code enforcement matters. We also offer counsel on large subdivisions and planned residential, commercial and real estate developments.

In keeping with our proactive philosophy, we draft land use ordinance amendments, and where appropriate, entirely new zoning and subdivision and land development ordinances in order to avoid potential litigation for violation of land use laws. If litigation becomes necessary, we call on our track record to guide us. In the past, we have obtained favorable results for municipal clients in controversial cases involving everything from telecommunications towers to group homes to quarries.

Because of our in-depth knowledge of public entities, our municipal attorneys also represent developers, energy companies and industries and effectively guide them through the myriad of zoning, subdivision and land development issues, such as stormwater management, grading and other activities.

Cost-effective, amicable solutions are our top priority. Whether you’re seeking court adjudications, monetary judgments, or variances for non-conforming properties, the Babst Calland Public Sector Group is here for you.

Many members of our team are officers and participants in numerous bar and municipal associations. They speak frequently on land-use related-matters at seminars and conferences, and regularly participate in instructional programs for newly-elected public officials on multi-municipal planning and other land use matters.

“Our extensive knowledge and experience on land use issues provides us with the unique ability to anticipate the benefits, impacts and issues inherent in development projects. By collaborating with our municipal and private clients, we forge practical and proactive solutions to further their goals and objectives.”

– Blaine A. Lucas

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