Land Use, Permitting, and Zoning

Another specialty of ours is representing both governmental agencies and aggrieved individual homeowners and business-owners in the area of land use, permitting, and zoning.  A common misconception in these areas is that an individual does not need a lawyer until later levels of appeals; in truth, the need for a lawyer in these matters is probably most important in the early stages when a decision is before a municipal or county zoning and planning commission, before the appeal reaches the Supreme Court or even the Circuit Court.  Under the law, those agencies may not make zoning or permitting decisions which are arbitrary and capricious.  We take our role seriously to ensure our individual clients will not be taken advantage of, and to advise our governmental clients to keep their actions within the confines of the law.