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Land use and zoning

Land use and zoning

Real estate development is complex.  Each project requires you to know and comply with any number of overlapping local, state, or even federal laws.

We have broad experience in all matters related to land use, zoning, regulation and development, and we can help your project with any of the following issues:

  • Administrative appeals
  • Administrative land use hearings
  • Commercial and industrial development
  • Court appeals from government action
  • Eminent domain
  • Entitlements
  • Entitlement preservation and extensions
  • Historic preservation
  • Private land use covenants
  • Public and private partnerships and development agreements


  • Public utility easements
  • Permitting and bonding
  • Reciprocal easement agreements
  • Residential development
  • Special exceptions
  • Urban and rural development
  • Variances
  • Zoning appeals
  • Zoning determinations
  • Zoning violations


Whether you’re a land owner or developer, a local government or a community group, we can help you with your next project.

Eminent domain

The attorneys at Manley Burke have decades of experience helping owners going through the painful process of having their property taken by the government. With deep experience in this area, we will marshal your evidence, engage leading expert witnesses, and deliver the best possible result. If you’re facing a take under eminent domain, we can fight for you.

Historic preservation

Preserving historic buildings and properties are close to our hearts at Manley Burke. Located in a historic district, our building at 225 West Court Street was originally constructed in 1882. After purchasing it, we completed extensive rehabilitation under National Historic Act requirements.

We have real experience to share with property owners and community groups involved in historic preservation matters. We can help protect historic properties from destruction or negative impact due to eminent domain actions or violations of local historic preservation rules and help owners and developers seeking to set aside historic designations that render a property unusable.  


Whatever your land use needs, call us today to see how we can help.