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Land Use & Zoning

If you are involved in the development of commercial, office, hotel, residential or industrial projects, Berlin Patten Ebling can help you move efficiently through the governmental approval process. State and local government development regulations and land use laws in Florida are complex and comprehensive. Projects of all sizes and, in particular, complex projects and redevelopments, require negotiation and documentation of the local approvals and development agreements. From the initial due diligence phase through the entitlement process, our attorneys know how land use and zoning agencies work. We represent clients before municipal and county boards and commissions on various land use issues, and work diligently to see a project through this cumbersome process with elegance and efficiency. 

The attorneys at Berlin Patten Ebling have handled some of the region’s major real estate developments. Brenda L. Patten, Esq., one of the firm’s principals, has also served as legal counsel to the Sarasota County Board of County Commissioners and the Sarasota County Planning Commission on land use matters.

Our Practice Areas

  • Comprehensive plan amendments
  • Zoning matters (rezoning, variances, special exceptions, conditional uses, planned developments)
  • Special exceptions
  • Variances
  • Site plan approvals
  • Development agreements
  • Concurrency issues

We have represented clients before government boards, such as

  • City councils and city commissions
  • Boards of county commissions
  • Planning and zoning commissions
  • Boards of zoning adjustment
  • Development review committees
  • Technical review committees

Land Use & Zoning​

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