Land Use & Zoning

Boyd & Jenerette serves the land use and zoning needs of our clients in Savannah and across Georgia. Our attorneys have extensive experience appearing before zoning boards, city councils, county commissions, and state agencies on behalf of businesses and individuals.

Our positive track record across Georgia and Florida, as well as our commitment to attaining favorable outcomes for our clients, are key traits for land use and zoning matters. We understand the need to manage risks and protect a project’s budget while acting as a liaison between our clients and third parties such as government officials, public interest groups, and other property owners.

From preparing contracts and rezoning applications to negotiating with surrounding property owners, our attorneys are prepared to address a wide variety of land use and zoning issues, as outlined below.

Construction, Compliance, and Development

  • ADA compliance in the hospitality industry
  • Building code enforcement and compliance issues
  • Construction and grading easements
  • Civil litigation involving zoning and development issues
  • Defense of citations for violation of municipal ordinances
  • Development of hotels, motels, parking facilities, golf courses, nursing homes, shopping centers, office complexes, mixed-use buildings, warehouses, sporting venues, apartments, condominiums, and residential housing tracts
  • Financial and special districts
  • Historic development building code compliance, architectural review, and landmark designations
  • Municipal ordinance development and revisions
  • Public use dedications
  • Short Term Vacation Rental (STVR) compliance
  • Subdivision development
  • Zoning, rezoning projects, annexations, and obtaining variances and special use approvals

Economic and Business Development Matters

  • Business formation
  • Business licensing
  • Food service permits and health inspections of restaurants and entertainment venues
  • Hotel and motel tax and securities issues
  • “Georgia Grown” economic development program assistance
  • Local state alcohol licensing
  • Regulatory support for trade, tourism, medical and other industries for economic development and compliance
  • Signage and advertising regulations

Contracts and Legal Reviews

  • Commercial lease agreements
  • Due diligence reviews
  • Ordinances, regulations and statuses at local, state and federal levels
  • Procurement documents
  • Site plan applications
  • Subdivision and recombination applications
  • Variances and special use permits

Contact partner J. Patrick Connell at 912.250.0151 or via email to discuss a land use and zoning project.

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Many cases overlap several areas of law. As a full service law firm, we are able to recognize how one legal discipline impacts another. We work as a team on complex issues that require knowledge of a variety of state and federal laws. This multi-disciplinary approach allows clients to receive the large-firm advantage of access to multiple attorneys in a wide scope of practice areas as well as the hands-on customer service offered by a boutique law firm. In addition to civil litigation, employment law, workers’ compensation defense, commercial law, construction law and appeals, our firm also handles professional liability claims.

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