Land Use and Local Government
February, 2009

Lewis and Roca lawyers have extensive experience in the administrative, legislative and litigation aspects of land use law. Our practice is statewide in scope and includes both public and private sector representation.

What Do Land Use Lawyers Do?

Zoning and real estate due diligence analysis 
    • Identify governing jurisdiction 
    • Evaluation zoning compliance of: 
            Building heights 
            Existing variances 
            Zoning conditions or stipulations 
    • Obtain verification letter from government 
    • Review title and survey 
    • Review government files on property 
    • Zoning code review 
    • Review existing plats or plans
Obtain entitlements 
    • Comprehensive and master plan amendments 
    • Rezoning, specific plan and PUDs 
    • Tentative and final maps 
    • Development plans 
    • Assurances 
    • Construction drawings or improvement plans 
    • Exactions 
    • Building permits 
    • Certificates of occupancy 
    • Variances 
    • Annexations 
    • Zoning permits (special, conditional) 
    • Conservation and other easements 
    • Abandonments
Represent clients at public hearings 
    • Mayor and City Councils 
    • Board of County Commissioners 
    • Planning Commissions and Citizen Participation Boards
Analyze and opine on legal issues 
    • Vested rights 
    • Takings 
    • Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act 
    • Non-conforming/grandfathered uses
Draft and negotiate development agreements (public-private) 
    • Annexation and zoning processes 
    • Infrastructure construction and funding (TIF and STAR bonds) 
    • Revenue sharing 
    • Development phasing 
    • Protected development rights 
    • Impact fees, exactions, contributions
Defend/negotiate enforcement actions 
    • Zoning and permit violations 
    • Building code and permit violations
Draft new legislation 
    • State statutes 
    • Local ordinances and code text amendments 
    • Serve on community stakeholder committees for clients – recommend legislation
    • Meet with legislators and staff 
    • Work with community and neighborhood organizations 
    • Handle negotiations on land use issues
Obtain BLM and state trust land authorization 
    • Rights-of-way, acquisitions, leases
Work on federal issues (Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act)

Who Do We Represent? 
    • Retailers and Shopping Center Developers 
    • Real Estate Clients 
    • Adult Enterprises 
    • Aggregate Mining 
    • Cement/Concrete 
    • Health Care Facilities 
    • Homebuilders 
    • Small Business Owners 
    • Individual Homeowners 
    • Commercial and Industrial Developers 
    • Educational Facilities 
    • Senior Communities 
    • Hotel/Resort Use 
    • Agricultural/Cattle Industry 
    • Sign Companies 
    • Client Industry Organization 
    • City, Town, County and Tribal Governments

Alfredo Alonso
Mr. Alonso is a principal in the firm’s Government Relations Practice Group. He works extensively in both Northern and Southern Nevada. He contributes his experience in local and state government relations, legislative affairs, relations, election management and campaign finance.

John Rawicz
Mr. Rawicz is a partner in the firm’s Real Estate practice group. His practice focuses on the representation of developers and institutional equity investors in the acquisition and disposition of real estate used for single-family and multi-family residential projects as well as commercial projects and the representation of institutional lenders in commercial loan transactions. Additionally, Mr. Rawicz has experience in the acquisition, sale and financing of hotels located throughout the United States. 

Garrett Gordon 
Mr. Gordon is an associate at Lewis and Roca and his education and experience in urban planning adds a considerable depth of understanding to his Real Estate, Zoning, Planning and Land Use practice. He represents developers in a variety of projects including those involving the acquisition, entitlement and development of a Triple-A baseball stadium district, master planned communities, mixed use development, aggregate mining sites and hotel/casino projects. Mr. Gordon has represented clients before numerous public bodies in connection with obtaining entitlements, including city councils and planning commissions in Reno, Sparks and Henderson and also before county boards and planning commissions in Clark and Washoe counties.

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