JDSA is connected to the environment. The practice of Land Use consists not only of what you know, but who you know. Our extensive experience in the field translates into an astute technical knowledge of applicable codes, and how they have historically been interpreted and applied. Our attorneys place equal importance on their understanding of, and strong relationships with, regulatory officials and the elected policymakers they serve. Our practices represent both public and private sector clients, including property owners, developers, counties and municipalities - helping each negotiate the sometimes byzantine framework associated with land use and environmental law. We lead you along the most direct route to obtaining the permits needed to move projects forward.

Areas of Emphasis

  • Land Use Entitlements

  • Master Planned Developments

  • Impact and Mitigation Fees

  • Conditional Use Permits, Variances and Nonconforming Uses

  • Environmental Transactions

  • Subdivisions and Annexations

  • SEPA and NEPA Compliance

  • Growth Management Act Compliance and Appeals

  • Comprehensive Planning and Zoning

  • Environmental Impact Statements

  • Forest Practices

  • Sand, Gravel, and Rock Mining

  • Shoreline Management Act

  • Wetlands and Other Environmentally Sensitive Areas

  • Endangered Species Act

  • Litigation and Settlements