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Land Use & Zoning

"The team is knowledgeable, open to new approaches and creative with problem solving."

- Chambers USA

Bilzin Sumberg has represented foreign and domestic owners, developers and investors across Florida, the product of which has literally reshaped the skyline of our community. Working closely with government and regulatory agencies, developers and landowners, our attorneys examine, interpret and help establish land use policy.

The Land Development & Government Relations Group represents clients through all aspects of the government regulatory approval and permitting process, including planning and zoning applications, developments of regional impact, development agreements and complex environmental and land use permitting.

Our Land Development & Government Relations Group conducts due diligence evaluations, to make an assessment of applicable laws, permitted uses, viability of permits and approvals, restrictions or limitations regarding changes to or expansions of current uses and the existence of vested rights. These evaluations assist lenders and developers in determining the value of properties and loans. We have extensive experience handling land use litigation, and, when necessary, we protect our clients' property rights in the courtroom or in administrative proceedings.

Moreover, we work with clients on areas of special interest such as:

  • Affordable Housing
  • Developments of Regional Impact (DRIs)
  • Historic Preservation
  • Major Special Use Permits (MUSPs)

 

EXPERIENCE
EXPERIENCE

Counsel to 13 Pista LLC, an entity led by a prominent Argentine developer, in connection with a 160-acre public-private partnership on underutilized land owned by Miami-Dade County. Negotiated a 90-year lease and development agreement with the County and handled negotiations with community partne...

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Representation of Oleta Partners, LLC, a joint venture comprised of affiliates of the LeFrak Organization and Turnberry Associates, in the successful negotiation of the long-term ground lease and complicated leasehold financing for a 185-acre brownfields redevelopment site in the City of North Mi...

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Representation of developer, Magellan Housing, with the processing of all Florida Housing Finance Corporation application forms in order to participate in the affordable housing allocation cycle in regard to a 117-unit residential project in Miami, Florida.

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Representation of Brightline, an affiliate of Florida East Coast Industries, Inc., in the procurement, land acquisition, and development of portions of the $2.4 billion high-speed passenger rail project connecting South and Central Florida. Passenger service will be created in central Florida and...

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Representation of RUDG, LLC, a prominent affordable-housing developer, through all phases of a Miami-Dade County procurement process relating to a mixed-use, mixed-income transportation-oriented development adjacent to a rapid-transit station on County-owned land in the City of Hialeah. Assisted ...

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Representation of private investment firm Starwood Capital Group in the development of its new company headquarters in Miami Beach. Representation includes negotiations relating to entitlements with pending applications before the Miami Beach Planning Board and Historic Preservation Board. The ap...

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Javier F. Aviñó

Javier F. Aviñó

Partner, Land Development & Government Relations Practice Group Leader
Stanley B. Price

Stanley B. Price

Chair, Land Development & Government Relations Practice Group
Albert E. Dotson, Jr.

Albert E. Dotson, Jr.

Managing Partner
Brian S. Adler

Brian S. Adler

Partner
John V. Chibbaro

John V. Chibbaro

Of Counsel
Jennifer E. Fine

Jennifer E. Fine

Associate
Carly S. Grimm

Carly S. Grimm

Associate
A. Vicky Leiva

A. Vicky Leiva

Partner
Terry M. Lovell

Terry M. Lovell

Partner, Head of Affordable Housing and Tax Credit Practice
Eileen Ball Mehta

Eileen Ball Mehta

Of Counsel
Howard E. Nelson

Howard E. Nelson

Partner, Head of Environmental Practice
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