Practice Area: Land Use   drop

Land use involves those areas of the law focused on efforts to mold and shape the use and development of private land use through government regulations or other governmental incentives.  Land use regulations, incentives, or other laws, include: substantive and procedural aspects of federal and state laws designed to protect the environment in the context of public decision making; federal, state, and local programs and/or initiatives to protect historical landmarks and archeological resources; local subdivision, site planning, zoning, and mapping laws; and the use by all levels of government of incentives, whether through the tax system or special governmental powers to facilitate desirable development.

Christensen & Jensen’s land use attorneys bring a knowledgeable understanding of land use laws, regulations, and other government incentives to bear on a variety of land use issues, providing counseling, planning, structuring, and negotiating services to all of our land use clients.  Our attorneys routinely advise our clients regarding land use issues as it relates to private real estate transactions, compliance with applicable land use rules, regulations, or other incentives.  Our land use attorneys also counsel and advocate for our clients with respect to private land use initiatives, negotiate or mediate with the various stakeholders in a given public land decision; negotiate and prepare documents in connection with land use issues, and, where land use issues cannot be resolved out of court, our land use attorneys have the skill and ability to litigate unresolved land use issues.

In addition to providing representation as it relates to land use regulations and disputes, Christensen & Jensen’s land use attorneys are keenly in tune with the different economic interests, planning goals, and political considerations of our clients, and how those differing interests/realities may shape public decisions.  By focusing on the client’s interests, whether, economic, political, or otherwise, our land use attorneys are able to provide tailored representation for our client’s, which results in better specific outcomes for our clients.  With a diverse background in civil litigation, our land use attorneys are prepared to litigate those land use disputes that cannot otherwise be resolved, including trying any unresolved land use disputes to a court or jury.  Throughout the firm’s history, Christensen & Jensen has defended local governments in land use disputes, as well as representing developers and individual homeowners to navigate through permit, zoning, tax, and other fee disputes.

Land use services provided by Christensen & Jensen include:

  • Appeals
  • Boards of Adjustment
  • Boards of Equalization
  • Boundary disputes
  • Building permits
  • Conditional use permits
  • Deeds
  • Development agreements
  • Easements
  • Exactions
  • Impact fees
  • Litigation
  • Nonconforming uses
  • Performance bonds
  • Property taxes
  • Road dedications and vacations
  • Service fees
  • Subdivisions
  • Takings (inverse condemnation)
  • Variances
  • Zone changes
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