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REAL ESTATE LAND USE AND ZONING

Our Land Use and Zoning group advises clients regarding zoning matters, regulatory reviews and government entitlements related to the development and use of land.

Our attorneys guide a development project through the process from initial meetings with government officials, municipal departments, and community stakeholders to final approval and permitting. We advise clients regarding land use, annexation, economic redevelopment, affordable housing and historic preservation issues. Members of the Land Use and Zoning group have gained their experience from working on numerous large and small scale multi-family, mixed use, commercial, institutional and municipal entitlement projects. They have experience beyond the real estate development industry, specifically in health care, wireless communications, entertainment, manufacturing, and financial services. They also counsel clients in the areas of development incentives, specifically, tax increment financing (TIF), business districts, enterprise zones and special service areas.

Our attorneys pride themselves on staying on top of development trends and the resultant changing regulatory framework, including changes related to transit oriented developments, affordable housing, and environmental sustainability requirements. Our team enjoys strong relationships with local municipal officials and provides clients with a clear path to success, maneuvering through neighborhood concerns, municipal regulations and political frameworks. They routinely obtain successful outcomes for clients despite community opposition and regulatory roadblocks.

Licensing/Permitting

Our firm regularly handles municipal permitting and licensing issues on behalf of clients. These matters include obtaining business and liquor licenses and various approvals and permits required for business operations. We also advise clients regarding building code issues, and regularly represent clients before the Chicago Department of Administrative Hearings in business license, zoning and building code violation cases.

Representative Matters

  • Successfully served as counsel for the master developer of a 1,600 acre planned development in a Chicago collar county that involved negotiations with the county, surrounding municipalities, school and library districts, the forest preserve district and local sanitary district
  • Obtained approvals for hundreds of transit oriented development (“TOD”) multi-family residential dwelling units in mixed use developments throughout Chicago and nearby municipalities
  • Serve as local land use counsel for a national retail chain, advising the client on due diligence, land use, permitting and signage issues
  • Obtained planned development approvals for national homebuilding companies for high-rise mixed use developments 
  • Our attorneys handled all aspects of zoning, real estate and environmental due diligence with respect to the acquisition of more than 10 light-industrial properties as part of a $108 million acquisition
  • We successfully handled the development of an 80,000-square-foot senior residential building with approximately 85 units, ancillary uses, offices and parking.
     
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6225

Douglas ("Dugie") is a real estate and corporate practitioner and strategist who assists clients with a wide range of transactions.

Douglas ("Dugie") is a real estate and corporate practitioner and strategis...

Douglas Baron
Associate
Chicago
312 580 5042

As part of Thompson Coburn's Real Estate/Land Use group, Talar advocates for clients in land use, zoning and licensing matters throughout Chicago and its surrounding subu...

As part of Thompson Coburn's Real Estate/Land Use group, Talar advocates fo...

Talar Berberian
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2209

Bernie represents developers, land owners and building owners in the areas of land use and municipal law in the city of Chicago and its surrounding municipalities.

Bernie represents developers, land owners and building owners in the areas ...

Bernie Citron
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6031

Dan serves as a practical, imminently accessible legal advisor to developers, institutional owners and corporate users of commercial and industrial real estate throughout...

Dan serves as a practical, imminently accessible legal advisor to developer...

Dan Engle
Counsel
St. Louis
314 552 6582

Barbara draws on her extensive background in regional government to counsel clients on the financing, zoning, and tax credit issues that crop up in public-private develop...

Barbara draws on her extensive background in regional government to counsel...

Barbara Geisman
Counsel
St. Louis
314 552 6394

Developers, nonprofit corporations, and public entities seek Bill's varied and extensive background in real estate transactions and infrastructure finance.

Developers, nonprofit corporations, and public entities seek Bill's varied ...

Bill Kuehling
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2326

Katriina helps clients navigate challenging land use and zoning issues throughout the City of Chicago and surrounding suburbs, paving the way for successful developments.

Katriina helps clients navigate challenging land use and zoning issues thro...

Katriina McGuire
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6053

Jennifer is an experienced real estate attorney who provides guidance on a variety of complicated real estate transactions, including purchase and sales, leasing, financi...

Jennifer is an experienced real estate attorney who provides guidance on a ...

Jennifer Price
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2311

Dave is a practical and resourceful business litigator with a long track record of successful results.

Dave is a practical and resourceful business litigator with a long track re...

David Rownd
Senior Counsel
Los Angeles
310 282 9429

Mitchell is an accomplished business and real estate litigator and counselor.

Mitchell is an accomplished business and real estate litigator and counselo...

Mitchell Stein