Land Use and Zoning


For decades, Hull Barrett has served as general counsel for local government, including preparing land use and zoning ordinances and defending challenges to the same. Because we understand the rules, regulations and processes involved, we know what it takes for land owners and developers to obtain the zoning and permits needed to complete projects on time and on budget. In the event of a wrongful denial, we also have the necessary experience to litigate land use and zoning matters.

Representative issues include:

  • Rezoning
  • Variances
  • Negotiations of utility and right-of-way acquisitions with state and local governments.
  • Environmental regulation compliance
  • Sign and advertising regulations
  • Communication tower regulations
  • Parking facility development
  • Public use dedications

Importance of Land Use and Zoning Law

Land-use law involves the regulation of the use and development of real estate. The most common form of land-use regulation is zoning. By prescribing zoning classifications to each parcel of land in its jurisdiction, and setting forth the requirements for each zoning classification, local governments create a blueprint for the future development of its community.

Although the basic premise for land use law is straightforward, the laws governing these local government powers can be complex. Land use encompasses a wide spectrum of laws and regulations that affect the development of land. This law is interdisciplinary in its scope with countless intersections among federal, state, regional, and local laws. It is also markedly influenced by other legal fields, including environmental, administrative, and local government law.

Our interdisciplinary team of local government, real estate, administrative, and environmental law attorneys have the expertise and depth to navigate this maze interrelated legal regimes and guide land owners to their respective land use goals.

Representative Clients

  • Local governments
  • Development authorities
  • National shopping center, office complex and mixed-use developers
  • Hotel developers
  • Golf course community developers
  • General commercial developers
  • Residential landowners