Land Use |
Clients turn to Perkins Coie lawyers for assistance with their land use issues. As leaders in land use counseling and litigation, we help our clients understand, obtain, implement and defend legal rights for the development and use of land. We bring deep and broad experience to solving complex issues arising under local, regional, state and federal laws, including:
- legislative changes to enable development,
- permitting and approvals;
- environmental analyses and clearances;
- resource protection;
- ballot box land use planning;
- conditions of approval;
- due diligence;
- protection of development rights; and
- assessment districts and other financing mechanisms.
We are adept at navigating the political storms that can accompany development projects. We understand the importance of keeping land use approval processes moving while also focusing on the key factors affecting the legal adequacy of project approvals. We advise businesses and public agencies on planning, development and permitting strategies, and help them prepare and defend environmental impact statements and reports under federal and state laws. Our experience in both processing projects and defending challenges allows us to foresee issues before they would otherwise cause problems. We represent our clients in proceedings before hearing examiners, planning commissions, city and county decision-makers, regional, state and federal agencies, and in court. We counsel clients on the land use aspects of land leases, acquisition, sales and development, and we advise land-owning businesses involved in mergers and acquisitions. We conduct land use due diligence reviews to assist buyers, lenders and investors who are considering development projects.
Perkins Coie's Land Use practice extends across the country, and we have acted as land use counsel on some of the most significant projects involving urban, commercial, industrial and resource development. We have worked on an extensive array of projects for both public agencies and private entities, including airports; arts, entertainment and sport projects; Cleantech industry projects; communications facilities; traditional and renewable energy facilities; forest projects, hotel and leisure projects; mining projects; senior housing; and wineries and vineyards. Our experience also includes port and rail projects, public utilities, hospitals, universities and colleges, military base reuse, redevelopment and the more traditional commercial, residential, office and mixed use projects.
Perkins Coie lawyers frequently teach courses to developers, public agencies, consultants and other attorneys, and author some of the most well-recognized treatises and articles in the field. Many Perkins Coie attorneys previously worked for the government agencies that review development projects, including the U.S. Department of Interior, and state and local agencies involved with land use. Our attorneys have been recognized as Rising Stars, Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers, and are highly rated by Chambers and Martindale-Hubbell. In addition, our California lawyers are well-respected for their skill in addressing the issues peculiar to development in that state.
Our land use attorneys are complemented by attorneys specializing in environmental law, natural resources law, real estate matters and financial transactions.