Land Use & Real Estate Development

land_useOur real estate attorneys know that the productive use of real property helps fuel the success of our clients’ businesses, and that real property ownership by individuals provides comfort and security as shelter and as an investment.  Our attorneys are creative dealmakers and problem solvers who are particularly adapt at overcoming challenging land use and regulatory hurdles, and are dedicated to providing superior service in an efficient manner throughout the transaction to closing.

We work with your broker, accountant, lender and other professionals to understand and help you to achieve your goals in each real estate transaction.  We also work with your architect, engineer, contractor, design professionals and other consultants to evaluate your land use permitting and zoning needs and to develop an efficient plan for obtaining the necessary permits and approvals for your project, with a view toward minimizing the risk of potential third-party appeals.  As appropriate, we also draw on the firm’s expertise in the specialty areas of tax, estate planning, and business organizations to help you realize your vision and your goals.

Our attorneys have substantial experience with real property transactions and working with government agencies and provide assistance to clients through all phases of property acquisition and development, including the following:

  • Real property purchases and sales
  • Leases
  • Option agreements
  • Easements
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Development agreements
  • Long term ground leases
  • Comprehensive Plan amendments
  • Zone changes and variances
  • Nonconforming uses and vested rights
  • Subdivisions and partitions
  • Planned Unit Developments
  • Condominium development and sale
  • Boundary line adjustments
  • Site and design review
  • Energy Facility Siting
  • Development exactions and government takings
  • Local improvement districts and assessment apportionment
  • Road and alley vacations
  • Water regulation
  • Wetlands and environmental issues
  • Drainage issues
  • Real estate regulatory compliance and documentation
  • Homeowner associations

An important part of our practice also includes land use and development related appeals at all levels including:

  • Local government
  • Administrative agencies
  • Land Use Board of Appeals
  • State Circuit Courts
  • Oregon Court of Appeals and Supreme Court

Attorneys in the Land Use and Real Estate Development Practice Group:

Michael J. Gelardi
Pablo J. Valentine
Paul V. Vaughan