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Land Use, Planning & Zoning

Faegre Baker Daniels counsels owners, developers and lenders in all aspects of development approvals. Our clients include large developers, institutions and corporations, as well as individual owners and both local and state government units.

To successfully represent this spectrum of clients—with land uses ranging from residential, multi-family and mixed-use projects to office, retail and industrial development—we first identify potential challenges, and then steer a course through the complex regulatory environment to meet our clients' objectives.

Regulatory Approvals

Lawyers in this practice handle zoning, subdivision, environmental review, environmental floodplain, shoreland and wetland protection regulations and permitting, historic preservation, licensing, exaction and easement matters. We partner with clients, project architects and other project consultants, lenders, government staff and officials, and community members to deliver creative, cost-effective regulatory approvals.

In addition to obtaining development approvals, we perform due diligence review regarding land use issues relevant to real estate transactions, and we advise property owners on land use and regulatory consequences of eminent domain actions.

Municipal Zoning Ordinances

We have assisted municipal clients with the development or rewriting of comprehensive plans and zoning ordinances for dozens of cities and counties.

Lawyers in our land use practice also provide representation—or collaborate as needed with other firm lawyers—on real estate financing, governmental assistance, government relations, property taxation, special assessments and construction. When disputes arise, we work closely with lawyers in our litigation practice to provide clients with experienced representation.

Comprehensive Tax Services

In instances when clients choose to preserve, instead of develop land, we offer comprehensive real estate and tax services, including assistance with state and IRS audits, charitable donations and sales of conservation easements and property tax appeals. Our lawyers have completed more than 100 conservation easement transactions protecting more than 75,000 acres of land.

We have appeared in state, regional, county and municipal regulatory venues throughout the Minneapolis-St. Paul, Indianapolis and Chicago metropolitan areas; the Fort Wayne and South Bend areas and other cities and towns throughout Indiana; the Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs areas; and in Des Moines and other major Iowa cities.

Contact


Steven D. Hardin, Indianapolis, 96th Street
+1 317 569 4833
David L. Kuosman, Boulder
+1 303 447 7814

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