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Understanding Land Use Law


Land use law governs how land can be used and developed. This encompasses zoning, planning, and regulations that control the use, improvement, and development of real estate. The primary aim of land use law is to ensure that land development is done in an orderly and environmentally sustainable manner, balancing the needs of the community, property owners, and the environment.


Steps to Get Land Entitled and Permitted for Development


  1. Initial Consultation and Site Assessment

    • What We Can Do for You: We’ll start by meeting with you to understand your development goals and assess the potential of the site. This includes evaluating zoning regulations, environmental restrictions, and existing land use plans.
  2. Due Diligence and Feasibility Study

    • What We Can Do for You: We will conduct thorough due diligence to identify any potential legal, environmental, or logistical challenges. This might include surveys, soil tests, and environmental impact assessments.
  3. Pre-Application Meetings

    • What We Can Do for You: We’ll arrange and represent you in pre-application meetings with local planning and zoning authorities. This step ensures we understand all requirements and expectations before formally submitting applications.
  4. Zoning and Land Use Application

    • What We Can Do for You: We will prepare and submit the necessary zoning and land use applications, including any requests for variances or special use permits. This often involves detailed plans and supporting documentation.
  5. Community and Stakeholder Engagement

    • What We Can Do for You: Engaging with the community and key stakeholders is crucial. We will organize and attend public meetings, address concerns, and build support for your project.
  6. Site Plan Approval

    • What We Can Do for You: We will work with architects and engineers to create a site plan that meets regulatory requirements. Once the plan is ready, we will submit it for approval by the relevant authorities.
  7. Environmental and Building Permits

    • What We Can Do for You: We will handle the application process for environmental permits, ensuring compliance with local, state, and federal regulations. Concurrently, we’ll apply for building permits, including architectural and engineering reviews.
  8. Negotiations and Agreements

    • What We Can Do for You: Throughout the process, there may be negotiations with governmental bodies, utility companies, and other entities. We will represent your interests in all these discussions to secure necessary agreements and easements.
  9. Final Approval and Permitting

    • What We Can Do for You: Once all conditions are met and approvals are granted, we will obtain the final permits. This includes ensuring all paperwork is completed accurately and any remaining fees are paid.
  10. Construction Commencement

    • What We Can Do for You: With all permits in hand, you can now begin construction. We will continue to provide legal support during the construction phase to address any arising issues promptly.

This step-by-step approach ensures that your land development project proceeds smoothly and complies with all relevant laws and regulations. We’re here to guide you through each phase, protecting your interests and helping you achieve your development goals.


We have 34 years of combined experience in real estate, real estate investment, and foreclosure law. We place an emphasis on quality work coupled with quality client retention.
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