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As a full-service law firm, Hill Ward Henderson caters to the needs of clients spanning a broad range of industries and professions. With over 100 attorneys, the scope of practice areas we provide is vast, with much depth and “bench strength” among both transactional and litigation disciplines. 

Land Use

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Our Land Use Group is one of the largest and most elite practices of its kind in the state of Florida. The attorneys in this practice utilize their in-depth knowledge of Florida's complex regulatory environment to assist developers and owners of real estate, as well as governmental bodies, in a wide variety of land use matters. Beyond their considerable experience as active lawyers in the field, our team members have gained a unique understanding of the way local governments plan and function based upon their experience in representing local governments. In addition, we have attorneys with experience working in-house for local governments and their insights bring much to bear upon our work.

We assist clients in a wide variety of land use matters, including the following:

  • DRI (Developments of Regional Impact) formation 
  • Approval and management of CDDs (Community Development Districts) 
  • Comprehensive Plan Amendments 
  • Negotiation of development agreements 
  • Concurrency review
  • Rezoning and variance requests 
  • Impact Fees
  • Government Contracting 
  • Historic Preservation
  • Environmental permitting

Our representation of clients in the above mentioned matters involves regular appearances at hearings and proceedings before local, regional and state boards, commissions and similar agencies.  We have great strength in the West Central Florida area, with deep roots in this type of legal work in both Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.  We have offices in both Tampa and Clearwater to easily facilitate the handling of land use matters directly and swiftly with local and regional boards and agencies.

At Hill Ward Henderson, we take a comprehensive approach to land use representation.  This includes working in conjunction with our Real Estate attorneys to help clients locate viable sites for development or redevelopment, and identifying any relevant land use issues.  We also provide assistance in preparing and negotiating the necessary property purchase contracts and documents, including negotiating the inspection phase.  We conduct a thorough land use due diligence throughout this process.  In addition, we work closely with our Real Property Litigation Group, to provide legal services for litigation or appeals as needed to provide support to our clients as they progress toward successful completion of a development project.

For more information please contact:

For Hillsborough County:
John B. Grandoff, III
For Pinellas County:
E.D. "Ed" Armstrong, III
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