Transit Oriented Development

Transit-oriented development (TOD) is a residential or commercial area designed to maximize access to public transport. Mixed-use/compact neighborhoods tend to use transit all the time. As a result, many cities are striving to implement better TOD strategies and secure funding to create new public transportation infrastructure and improve existing services.

Our lawyers and professionals have substantial experience in the transit industry. Our attorneys and planners have directly assisted with the creation of a number of TODs, including assisting to secure infrastructure support from state and federal sources, representing private developers in public-private joint venture station redevelopments, and providing guidance to public agencies for joint development projects at transit stations along and throughout an entire system.

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Green Building

Today, an increasing number of new and existing buildings and projects incorporate “green building” or environmentally sustainable practices and materials to promote energy efficiency, decrease carbon footprints and reduce operating costs.

The U.S. Green Building Council has developed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, a voluntary, consensus-based national rating system for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. The Livability Law practice boasts some of the first attorneys and planners to earn certification in this area.

We are well versed in the Federal, State and local tax credits and other incentives and private grants available for green projects. We have the experience to negotiate design and construction contracts to achieve the “green” goals of the owner/developer and provide for adequate remedies if such goals are not achieved. We have the expertise to represent both landlords and tenants in preparing and negotiating leases or amendments to leases that address the landlord’s and tenant’s respective liabilities for the construction and cost of green improvements as well as other issues that relate to the green status of a building, including adherence to operations and maintenance standards in order to maintain that status.

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Land Use and Zoning

Our attorneys represent clients in all legal aspects relating to the use of land, including zoning, condemnation and related litigation. We guide clients through due diligence as well as the land use entitlement process, which can involve negotiating with government officials, applying for and obtaining land use and/or zoning approvals, variances, special permits, subdivision plats, site plan and construction plans. We have established professional and effective relations with city/town staff Planning Commissions, Boards of Adjustment and City/Town Councils.

Beyond performing the basic legal work necessary to structure and close transactions, the Livability Law practice offers additional value by assisting clients in identifying potential opportunities, problems and available solutions. We do not just “lawyer” or “paper” a deal. As a rule, our clients rely on us to provide advice and counsel beyond the scope of conventional legal matters, a personalized and custom approach.

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