Land Use & Zoning

Cooley's Land Use & Zoning team assists owners, developers and investors with all facets of land use and zoning, development and operation, servicing their unique real estate needs efficiently, effectively and in a timely manner.

Based in Cooley's Reston office, our recognized Land Use & Zoning team has substantial expertise in the zoning, entitlement and permitting processes throughout Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. We represent major developers and national, regional and local businesses in all facets of land use, including office, retail, hotel, industrial, mixed use, residential, entertainment, telecommunications, data center, Web hosting, and large, planned communities. We have a solid reputation for handling high-profile, complicated zoning cases, including obtaining necessary approvals from public bodies and agencies and presenting proposed zoning changes to affected community groups and the local media. We also help our clients acquire other critical approvals, such as comprehensive plan amendments, special exceptions, variances, special use permits, bond approvals, wetlands permits and subdivision and/or site plan approvals.

Members of our Land Use & Zoning team have been recognized for several years running in such publications as the Washington Business Journal's "Top Washington Lawyers," Washingtonian's "Best of Washington," the Virginia Business Journal's "Legal Elite –Virginia's Best Lawyers" and The Best Lawyers in America. They are also actively involved in professional and civic organizations such as the National Association of Industrial and Office Professionals, Northern Virginia Building Industry Association, Leadership Fairfax, Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, Urban Land Institute, Commercial Real Estate Women, the Virginia and National Capital Chapters of the American Planning Association, Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance and the Washington Airports Task Force.

An added dimension that we bring to any real estate project is immediate access to expertise in related disciplines within the Firm. We draw on the experience of our colleagues in areas such as environmental compliance and real estate litigation. This process works especially well at Cooley, because our practice groups have a long tradition of working together to meet client needs, however complex, efficiently and completely.

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