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Sustainability

Increasingly, government and private entities are seeking to protect our nation’s overall health, natural environment and quality of life through strategies such as smart growth, New Urbanism and green building. Moreover, as society becomes more aware of the threat posed by global climate change, public and private leaders are developing systems to change business operations and development patterns to stabilize and reduce carbon emissions.

Collectively, these movements seek to promote the concept of sustainability – meeting the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. These principles also tie directly to broader public and private sector efforts to address global climate change.

We are uniquely positioned to assist government and private entities support and promote sustainable development through projects, policies or operations. Our multidisciplinary team of attorneys and professionals has performed hands-on work throughout the state, and seamlessly combines in-depth knowledge in all facets of sustainable development. We understand the challenges and opportunities within this field, and are exceptionally suited to assist clients to meet their sustainable development objectives.

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Municipal Law

The Livability Law practice has more than 15 years of experience in the legal representation of municipalities and their respective authorities throughout Arizona. Our attorneys have represented a number of different municipalities including Glendale, Sedona, Goodyear, Surprise, Safford, Flagstaff and Mesa either as general or special counsel.

Our attorneys offer not only the experience and expertise gained over decades of public sector law practice, but also the significant resources of other specialties and cutting edge practice technology. As a result, we are better and faster. Where other lawyers might expend hours in researching a question or in finding a suitable “pattern” to follow in a transaction, our attorneys can often answer a question over the phone and have vast data bases available to address a particular issue or transaction.

We identify with our clients, seeking ways to assure not only their legal needs, but their policy goals and objectives are met. We understand municipal law is about community improvement, service to the community’s residents and taxpayers, and cost-effective and timely results.

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Infill Development

Our attorneys and planners have the expertise to assist government and private entities target and undertake development relying on the core principals of infill. We can also assist in the planning and implementation of developments containing balanced, compact and pedestrian-oriented neighborhoods and districts, and in public and private sector efforts to provide diverse housing options and an equitable approach to environmental impacts.

We have developed special expertise in the cutting-edge field of urban infill development and redevelopment. We work with leading national developers, investors and financial institutions to resolve complex regulatory issues and obtain project incentives, such as infrastructure cost participation, whenever available. We have been involved in the entitlement of numerous urban residential projects, as well as the renovation for reuse. Most experts agree that urban infill development is the wave of the future, and with our expertise in New Urbanist and form-based development regulations, we are very well positioned to assist in such efforts.

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