Land Use & Development

The use and development of private property is regulated by local and state governments in the form of zoning, planning, environmental controls, and health regulations. Common land use planning involves spatial issues, timing issues, functional issues, and appearance issues. Spatial issues involve where development can take place given natural and man made hazards, environmentally sensitive areas, and resource conservation. Timing issues concern when development should occur, as well as the rate at which public services will be extended or available to the project. Functional issues determine what a development should look like and how it should function once it is completed. Driscoll & Gibson can assist in explaining the legal parameters in which development must take place and the regulatory process which will govern the necessary approvals that must be obtained before the project can go forward.