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Land Use & Zoning

Public Law

At Walter Haverfield, we work to maximize the interests of our public and private clients within the confines of increasingly complex land use and zoning ordinances. Doing so requires the combined experience of our public law and real estate attorneys, as well as the intervention of our seasoned land use litigators. Our experienced attorneys offer a unique perspective of all sides of the issue to serve clients more advantageously.

Practice Group Leader

William R. Hanna, Partner

Bill focuses his practice on labor and  employment law and litigation. His local government practice involves a broad range of legal issues that regularly confront local government bodies, including public records, open meetings, public employment matters, zoning, economic development, and public entity contracting to public right of way (PROW) management issues.

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Our Land Use & Zoning Insight

On the public side, our diverse team collaborates to help cities, villages, and townships develop vision-oriented and comprehensive land use and zoning regulations. Our counsel is focused on designs to support planned residential and commercial growth and economic development while protecting the interests of the community and its current landowners.

Specific services we offer to cities, villages, and townships include:

We also work with private property owners and developers to help them realize their development goals, providing supportive counsel every step of the way, from acquisition through development, to leasing, occupancy, and eventual transfers of the property. Services we provide to private property owners and developers relative to land use and zoning include:

Both our public and private clients additionally benefit from our firm’s team of environmental law attorneys who provide counsel, as well as litigation services, on zoning and land use issues, such as:

Recognition

U.S. NEWS – BEST LAWYERS® 2022 “BEST LAW FIRMS” RANKINGS
  • National Tier 2: Land Use & Zoning Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Education Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Environmental Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Land Use & Zoning Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Litigation – Land Use & Zoning
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Litigation – Real Estate
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Real Estate Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 2: Construction Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 2: Litigation – Environmental
  • Metropolitan Tier 3: Litigation – Construction
  • Metropolitan Tier 3: Litigation – Insurance
U.S. NEWS – BEST LAWYERS® 2021 “BEST LAW FIRMS” RANKINGS
  • National Tier 2: Land Use & Zoning Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Education Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Environmental Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Land Use & Zoning Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Litigation – Land Use & Zoning
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Litigation – Real Estate
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Real Estate Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 2: Construction Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 2: Litigation – Environmental
  • Metropolitan Tier 3: Litigation – Construction
  • Metropolitan Tier 3: Litigation – Insurance
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Experience

  • Representing a municipality in a taxpayer’s action seeking to prevent the municipality from erecting a communications tower on municipally-owned property
  • Representing school districts on matters where municipalities were seeking to regulate the districts’ development activities
  • Representing a municipality in litigation related to a municipally-owned golf course and development of municipally owned property adjacent to the golf course
  • Negotiating purchase agreement and land reconfiguration with a large corporate landowner for the donation of land to the Cuyahoga County Public Library for the construction of a new library in a local village
  • Conducting multiple eminent domain proceedings in Cuyahoga and Summit County Probate Courts to acquire a right-of-way for roadway projects, as well as to facilitate economic development and secure recreational green space
  • Negotiating easements with numerous private and public property owners to acquire rights to construct a $1 million public hike and bike trail in a local village under a federal grant awarded by the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) and administered as a Local Public Agency (LP) project through the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT)
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