Zoning and Land Use

Northern Virginia is one of the fastest growing regions in the Washington, D.C., area, with many complicated issues pertaining to zoning and land use. The law firm of James P. Downey, P.C. has extensive experience and a proven track record in dealing with the myriad issues that determine the permissible use of land and the processes by which property rights are defined and permitted.

Zoning and Land Use issues include:

  • Special exceptions and permits
  • Zoning determinations and appeals
  • Proffers and proffer amendments
  • Subdivision applications
  • Variances
  • Service district issues
  • Qualification of land assessment at reduced “use” value for agricultural, forestall andopen space uses.
  • Negotiations, including formal mediations with public officials and neighbors affected by controversial proposals.
  • Mixed-use and Planned Unit Developments
  • Teaming with Planning Firms to provide the legal component of feasibility analysis.

Presentation of all aspects of development and permitting applications before Boards of Supervisors, City and Town Councils, Planning Commissions and Boards of Zoning Appeals.