Land Use and Zoning

Many say land use is political. Some say land use is legal. Others say land use is planning. At Womble Carlyle, we think land use is all three.

Who are we?

We are a team of attorneys and other professionals located in nine offices in five contiguous states (Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia) and the District of Columbia who knows that successful projects require integrated political, legal and planning services.

We believe that projects require one of two levels of services – primary or special situations assistance, and we match the level of our services to each client’s needs on a project- by- project basis.

Primary Assistance

Together with our in-house land planning professional, our real estate development attorneys provide our first level of service.  They are knowledgeable in land use and zoning and consult members of our core land use and zoning team as needed. Many times, primary assistance fully satisfies our clients’ needs.

Special Situations  Assistance

When a project shifts a community’s paradigm or becomes a lightning rod, special assistance is necessary.  Members of our core land use and zoning team practice exclusively in the areas of land use law and litigation, land litigation, municipal law, and land planning.  Those team members dispatch whenever needed to marshal the facts and develop creative applications of local, state, and federal laws to advance a project to success.

A distinguishing feature of our Core Team is that members previously worked for local or state governments for significant periods.  Consequently, our Core Team knows how to work within the powers and limitations of governments to identify and implement creative solutions.  Although litigation may be necessary to blaze a trail to success, our team recommends it only after all reasonable efforts have been exhausted, and when litigation provides the best potential solution for our client.

How we can Help?

Regardless of the level of service needed, we can help. Contact us for a preliminary off-the-clock assessment of your project/situation. We look forward to helping you.

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