Land Use & Real Estate Development
Our lawyers have substantial experience helping clients successfully navigate the full range of land use and real estate development issues, including complex planning and zoning, land use and environmental permitting, urban growth boundary amendments, annexations, appeals, development agreements and related matters. We have a state-wide practice and have represented clients in numerous jurisdictions throughout the Portland metropolitan area and the State of Oregon on a wide variety of projects, including retail buildings, transportation projects, master-planned communities, energy facilities, office buildings, distribution centers, destination resorts, golf courses and wineries.
We understand that for a developer time is money. Our services are designed to shorten the project timeline, prevent government overreaching, avoid delays and convince officials to be flexible and creative. We pride ourselves in fostering strong working relationships with government officials and have extensive contacts throughout the State of Oregon. These relationships are extremely helpful in moving a project quickly and successfully through the approval process.
Nonetheless, we understand that there are times when project developers cannot reach a workable agreement with permitting agencies or have extensive public opposition and must resort to appropriate tactics. Our lawyers have significant experience representing clients on complex and controversial projects and know what it takes to overcome governmental and public resistance. We understand the importance of building a proper record in all cases, and when warranted, successfully use appeals to achieve the desired result or enable an acceptable resolution through negotiations. Our lawyers have significant experience and success representing clients in appeals before the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals, Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. We pride ourselves in developing appropriate strategies to help accomplish a successful result in a cost and time effective manner.