Zoning and Land Use


Land use and development matters are important considerations to our clients and citizens. We stay at the forefront of legal issues arising from the regulation of land use and offer our clients alternative solutions to address contentious positions between developers, property owners and citizens.

We are constant trainers and speakers on land use issues at the Center for American and International Law and the University of Texas School of Law and Land Use Planning Conferences. We provide frequent advice and have drafted or updated numerous ordinances on land use, development and property matters. Our routine representation includes:


Attending hearings and providing guidance to Zoning Boards of Adjustment
Preparing and providing advice regarding proper implementation of subdivision ordinances
Drafting amendments to International and Uniform Building Codes
Providing assistance with all aspects of nuisance abatement including, high grass and weeds; junk, trash and debris; stagnant and unsafe water and other nuisances.
Defending regulatory takings and inverse condemnation claims and assisting with avoiding claims
Assisting with all aspects of Substandard Building Abatement
Preparing Sign Ordinances and addressing First Amendment issues regarding same
Reviewing and preparing comprehensive plans and maps
Drafting and providing guidance on required notices for Zoning Ordinances and Amendments
Advising on the issuance and procedures required for conditional and special use permits
Drafting complex Planned Development Zoning Ordinances for specific developments
Providing advice regarding the adoption and amendment of Impact fees, including advising the Capital Improvements Advisory Committee and City Council on updates to the Capital Improvements Plan and Land Use Assumptions
Drafting complex Sexually Oriented Business (SOB) regulations as well as defending cities in lawsuits regarding the enforcement of their SOB regulations