Usually, when a developer comes in the door, they have an idea of what they wanna do. So our job is to figure out, one, if they’re allowed to do it. And two, figure out what rules and regulations are going to define how they can build what they wanna build. For instance, if you wanna come into downtown Fort Lauderdale and you wanna build a condo.
You need to know where you wanna build that condo. Depending on where it is, it’s gonna be in a particular zoning district. Depending on that zoning district, there are gonna be all kinds of regulations that apply. From everything, from what the footprint of the condo can be to how you can use it, to how tall it can be, to how many stories, all kinds of those issues.
Typically for us the first question is, what can we do and what rules apply. That’s something that we’re well-versed in. The due diligence that’s required on the front end of any of these projects to determine exactly what rules are gonna apply and how working with those rules we can accomplish what you as a developer are trying to accomplish.
And depending on the answer to those questions and what the developer wants to build, there might be different applications or permitting processes that the developer needs to go through. So we can assist in drafting those things, submitting them to the city, county or other municipality that might require it. Additionally, once that process starts, there’s different boards and different committees that review those sort of documents.
And we also provide lobbying services to meet with those individuals that are on those boards or those city commissioners or county commissioners that might be reviewing those plans.
That lobbying aspect of the land use practice is important because no matter how big this community is, the community of folks who are involved in the land use process is small and it’s a very relationship-based area of the law. It requires you to have relationships with the folks at the cities, at the counties, the developers, the citizens who may support or oppose any particular project. It’s important to have those relationships in order to be able to properly represent a developer through this sort of a process because it’s necessarily political.