Land Use Law


  • Obtained a vested rights determination on summary judgment for developer of proposed 12-story beachfront residential condominium, notwithstanding a referendum initiative that resulted in an amendment to the city charter limiting the height of all new construction to three stories
  • Obtained required permit approvals from local government allowing developer to use transferable development rights to increase density and height of office building project
  • Assisted owner of regional mall in securing amendments to local government's comprehensive plan and land development regulations to facilitate redevelopment of property into a mixed-use regional activity center
  • Represented group of agricultural property owners in a $172 million Bert J. Harris, Jr. Private Property Rights Protection Act claim arising from county's change in interpretation of open-space requirements in comprehensive plan and land development regulations
  • Negotiated and drafted public-private agreement for the construction of dual radio transmission/emergency management communications tower on special district property
  • Represented clients completing environmental remediation projects in connection with ongoing industrial operations and redevelopment projects
  • Represented clients in due diligence associated with acquisition of land for industrial, commercial and residential development
  • Community Redevelopment
    • City of Lauderhill Findings of Necessity and CRA Plans (2002-2004)
    • City of Oviedo Downtown Master Plan (2001-2003)
    • City of Coral Springs CRA Findings of Necessity, CRA Formation and Community Redevelopment Plan for Coral Springs Town Center (2003)
    • Beach by Design, Community Redevelopment Plan for Clearwater Beach (1999-2000)
    • Plan de Desarrollo Integral por la Peninsulsa de Camera, San Juan, Puerto Rico (1992-1994)
    • Downtown master plan, downtown DRI, Mizner Park Feasibility Study, conceptual site plan for Mizner Park, drafting public/private partnership for Mizner Park and representing CRA in development of Mizner Park in Boca Raton, Florida (1986-1991)
    • City of Coral Gables, Florida, Zoning Code Rewrite (2004-present)
    • Miami-Dade County, Florida, Discretionary Development Approvals Rewrite (2003)
    • Community Development Code, City of Clearwater, Florida (1999-2000)
  • Legislative Drafting and Land Use Regulation
    • City of North Miami Beach, Zoning Code Rewrite
    • City of Coral Gables, Florida, Zoning Code Rewrite (2004-present)
    • Miami-Dade County, Florida, Discretionary Development Approvals Rewrite (2003)
    • Community Redevelopment Code, City of Clearwater, Florida (1999-2000)
    • Zoning Ordinance, City of Wilmette, Illinois (1989-1990)
    • Zoning Ordinance and Historic District Regulations, City of Lake Charles, Louisiana (1981-1982)
    • Legislation, Florida, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, Illinois, Tennessee, Georgia and Delaware
  • Development Planning and Permitting
    • Amendments to a large office/light industrial park DRI in Boca Raton, Florida, to permit an intermodal transportation facility for the Tri-County Commuter Rail Authority
    • Preparation of Boca Raton, Florida's downtown "Area-wide DRI," which led to a revised downtown development plan based on three primary elements — implementation of a beautification plan, a capital facilities plan and a "catalyst for redevelopment" that ultimately became Mizner Park
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