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Land Use

Ensuring a successful development project takes more than just technical expertise. It takes value-added strategic thinking, a breadth of experience, and connections with the local and state decision-makers. Our land use attorneys have the knowledge and experience to get your development done and solve land use challenges all across Oregon and Washington. From cutting through the intricacies of the City of Portland master planning regulations for a large hospital to siting a new four-tower mixed-use office and residential project in the City of Vancouver, navigating complex development challenges relating to the replacement of Seattle's seawall and viaduct, or guiding clients through the permitting and entitlement process in smaller cities, our land use attorneys know how to get things done.


Our working style is fair, but tough when needed, multilevel, and forthright. We work well as part of a team with the client and other consultants, as well as independently. We understand the nature of the government process, some of us having worked in government, and we know how to use our relationships to make that process work successfully and efficiently for our clients. A "higher-level conversation" is part of our strategy with staff and elected officials alike. We keep them focused, not only on the technical issues, but on the value of our clients' projects in the community.


From annexations to zoning issues, we listen and we can help.

For the latest updates on land use law visit our blog, From the Ground Up.

Representative Experience

Assisted Portland Community College with development projects on multiple campus sites as a result of the 2008 bond issued for $374 million.
Assisted client through the local land use process to get its property included in the City of Bend urban growth boundary expansion.
Managed applications to change zoning and comprehensive plan and for development of large parcel inside Metro Urban Growth Boundary.
Represented owners of historic private piers regarding the replacement of the Alaskan Way Viaduct, the replacement of the seawall, and redevelopment of the waterfront. It included twice appealing the adequacy of the State Environmental Policy Act compliance to the Shorelines Hearings Board - once for the seawall and once for a proposed redevelopment of the Union Street connection from downtown to the waterfront.
Drafted and negotiated many development agreements, covenants, and other contracts to facilitate new or revised development proposals for private and public projects.