Walter | Haverfield’s public law attorneys are committed to assisting business owners, developers, local government entities and in-house economic development practitioners, helping them to navigate the ever-changing landscape of economic development in Ohio.

Ohio’s Constitution, as it relates to economic development, has been overhauled numerous times in recent years. We help ensure compliance by all parties—public and private—by staying abreast of legislative changes and providing counsel to help maximize development, while minimizing risk.

Issues that we address include:

  • Preparing sites for development through land use planning
  • Annexation
  • Eminent domain
  • Infrastructure finance
  • Tax policies



Our team’s experience includes:

  • Negotiation of development agreements
  • Negotiation of tax abatement agreements
  • Negotiation of Community Reinvestment Act Area agreements
  • Negotiation of tax incremental financing (TIF) agreements
  • Negotiation of Joint Economic Development District agreements
  • Preparation of conservation easements and related tax issues
  • Preparation of building facade easements and related tax issues
  • Site assembly
  • Assessment projects
  • Infrastructure improvements
  • Use of eminent domain for public purposes