When we represent a company, municipality, or individual looking to develop property, we understand the countless facets of the project that must be considered. Some of the most significant areas to examine are the land use rules and environmental laws and regulations that apply to the property. Depending on where the property is located, land development procedures and government processes may make the project seem almost impossible.
Alston & Bird’s land use lawyers can steer you through the regulatory maze. We have strong working relationships with local, state, and federal regulators, which are critical to managing the various project elements involved in permitting and environmental review.
We have comprehensive knowledge of the federal, state, and local laws that apply to development projects, including the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), California Coastal Act, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Endangered Species Act, and laws protecting historic and cultural resources. Our experience on high-profile and contentious projects sets us apart from other national law firms. We deliver legal guidance while working seamlessly with your in-house project teams to see every land use project through to its completion.
Given our extensive litigation experience, we can head off future problems by ensuring that likely issues have been fully addressed in environmental impact reports and environmental impact statements and are included in the administrative record, which can mean the difference between moving forward and being held up by regulators or private citizen suits. We have had numerous trial and appellate court successes and have compiled a comprehensive knowledge of environmental and land use law that is unparalleled.