In general terms, land use law regulates the use of property. Local governments typically have their own rules of how to use the land situated within their boundaries. At Horenstein Law Group, our approach to land use law is strategic and multifaceted. We understand the necessity of promoting and defending the interests of our clients within a broader conversation that takes into account the long-term population and business growth of a healthy community. Furthermore, we keep a close watch on legislation affecting environmental regulations, transportation, and land use planning.
Our Washington and Oregon land use law practice can help with comprehensive land use planning by:
Municipalities enact land use rules and regulations and zoning map amendments in order to ensure that changes to zoning can be made while still allowing for necessary and adequate services. For many towns in northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington, that means ensuring adequate water supply, transportation infrastructure, police and fire protection, and sanitary systems.
The attorneys at Horenstein Law Group have many decades of experience representing developers, landowners, private businesses and public sector clients across a wide range of land use law practices.
For example, in the state of Washington, comprehensive land use plans can be amended once per year. If property owners propose an amendment, the relevant city will typically review the proposal as part of an annual review process.
In most municipalities, the process includes the setting of a hearing date along with variable community outreach procedures regarding the proposed changes.
In addition to the tasks listed above, HLG can also assist clients with: