GSB’s Northwest Land Use Forum
The current climate has made obtaining approval to develop land or opposing development increasingly difficult. Success requires an advanced understanding of land use principles and expertise in the public process, as well as a deep understanding of the political and historical framework affecting land owners, developers and municipalities. Garvey Schubert Barer’s Land Use team exemplifies expertise in each of these areas.
Our land use and condemnation lawyers understand the current business and regulatory environment. We appear often before reviewing bodies at the federal, state and local levels. We know the procedures, personalities, inclinations and approaches that can work to your benefit.
Our clients include local governmental bodies as well as individuals and organizations concerned about development. We have represented clients in all aspects of land use, condemnation and real estate activities, from preparation of application submittals for large multi-unit, multi-party developments within major metropolitan areas and coordinating the financing of those projects to opposing industrial development in rural areas. Our real estate clients include developers, landlords, tenants, banks and other lenders. Over the years, we have represented these clients on a broad range of real estate matters involving commercial, industrial and multifamily residential projects. This experience enables us to deliver practical, cost-effective services to our clients.
Our services involve such areas as
- Condemnation and eminent domain
- Municipal law
- Coastal management
- Inland and tidal wetlands
- Purchaser, seller, lender and other real estate issues
- Regulatory approvals — both obtaining and defending them
- Partitions and subdivisions
- Zoning and development permit issues
- Real estate and construction litigation
We also work with land use activists to recommend or comment upon land use law or policy. In addition, Garvey Schubert Barer plays an active role in shaping planning and development trends in Oregon, Washington and nationwide, by participating in legislative and administrative activities, representing amicus parties in cases with nationwide significance, teaching lawyers and others about land use, condemnation issues and real estate matters, and speaking about these subjects in various forums.