Land Use & Zoning
Property owners, investors, commercial entities, and developers have one significant thing in common: they all want to be able to use their property as they see fit, within the parameters of the law.
But local planning, zoning, permitting, and enforcement staff rules and regulations can vary greatly, depending on where the property is located. Success hinges on an intimate understanding of local government law and productive relationships with those who review and approve land use and zoning requests.
GADC clients benefit from our decades of experience working directly with local government staff, such as city and county managers, and planning, zoning, building, and code enforcement departments. We have drafted ordinances and resolutions and sat as counsel to advisory boards, councils, and commissions dealing with land development matters. Our attorneys specialize in preparing, interpreting, and applying land development regulations. And when a particular application may result in a denial or a challenge, our litigation team takes appropriate action, protecting our clients’ rights and asserting their interests.
Every day we expertly manage all of this and more:
- Land Use Planning
- Planned Unit Developments
- Variances, Conditional Uses, & Special Exceptions
- Site Plans
- Comprehensive Plans and Amendments
- Development Credits
- Sending & Receiving Lands
- Affordable Housing & Density Bonuses
- Historic Preservation
- Development Agreements
- Regulations Impacting First Amendment Rights (i.e., signs, adult use, religious land use)
- Impact Fees
- Large Scale Developments
- Developments of Regional Impact (DRIs)
- Bert J. Harris Act (Chapter 70, Florida Statutes)
- Petitions for Certiorari to Challenge Local Decisions
- Special & Temporary Use Permits
- Community Development Districts & Special Districts
- Regulatory Takings/Inverse Condemnation
- Comprehensive Plan Consistency Challenges
Local Government Hearings & Appeals
Our land use practice attorneys have handled hearings at virtually every level of local government, including land use and zoning bodies, county commissions, city councils, local planning boards and commissions, hearing examiners, and various local government advisory boards. And if we do not attain your objectives outside of court, you can rely on our team to cover a wide breadth of land use litigation, including zoning appeals and other challenges to local government approvals (or denials) of land use proposals.
GADC attorneys have served as local government counsel and as director of a county code enforcement department. We’ve drafted code enforcement resolutions, ordinances, and procedural rules. And our land use attorneys have been directly involved in thousands of code enforcement matters, including noise, property maintenance, land use, zoning, and permitting issues. From appeals to liens to other title matters, trust your GADC team to stay up-to-date on the latest legal developments and how they affect the complex relationship between code enforcement liens, and bankruptcy and foreclosure law.
Takings & Eminent Domain
There is not an aspect of eminent domain litigation that we have not maneuvered. Advocating for property owner clients who deserve governmental compensation, we aim to obtain the maximum amount of damages, whether for loss of property, business damages, or cure costs. Our dedication remains consistent from inception through entry of final judgment. Whether you need advice or litigation, GADC will perform for you.