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Land Use and Environmental Law

In the last half of the 20th century, we witnessed an unprecedented number of land use and environmental laws and regulations in the United States, especially in Florida. Although created with good intentions, these new laws are often complex and sometimes burdensome. Our experience is that even the most seasoned real estate executives require guidance and advocacy in navigating this myriad of issues. Florida business and property owners have been turning to us for assistance for the last 30 years.

Major Qualifications

Our Land Use and Environmental attorneys are leaders in their field and have been selected to represent clients before the following governmental entities:

  • Local municipalities and counties
  • Florida Department of Environmental Protection
  • Water Management Districts
  • Florida Department of Community Affairs
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Department of Interior Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Natural Marine Fisheries Service
  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  • Governor and Cabinet
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service

The extensive experience and impressive track record of our attorneys makes Broad and Cassel the right choice for any governmental agency, private property owner or businessperson who requires sophisticated land use or environmental legal counsel.

Current Client Industries We Represent

  • Airport Authorities
  • Distribution and Transportation Companies
  • Economic Development Associations/Chambers
  • Expressway Authorities
  • Manufacturers
  • Mining Operators
  • Ranchers and Citrus Growers
  • Real Estate and Corporate Lending Institutions
  • Real Estate Developers and Property Owners
  • Wholesalers and Retailers

Land Use

Real estate developers and private property owners benefit from our knowledge and experience in these important areas:

  • Developments of Regional Impact (DRIs)
  • Comprehensive Land Use Plans and Amendments
  • Local Zoning and Permitting Issues, including Planned Development Approvals
  • Annexation
  • Mitigation of Environmentally Sensitive Land Issues
  • Special Taxing Districts
  • Representation before Local and State Government, including at the administrative level and through the public hearing process
  • Land Use Litigation
  • Development Agreements
  • Sovereignty Submerged Lands Use and Ownership Issues
  • Water and Consumptive Use
  • Coastal Construction
  • Ordinance Drafting


As with Land Use, we are highly qualified to represent any property or business owner in a multitude of areas involving environmental issues with regards to both permitting and litigation, including:

  • CERCLA, or Superfund
  • RCRA (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act)
  • OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Act)
  • Clean Water and Clean Air Acts
  • Hazardous and Solid Waste Disposal
  • Listed Species and Habitat Regulation
  • Wetlands and Other Environmentally Sensitive Lands
  • Underground Storage Tanks (USTs)
  • Environmental Litigation

Legislative and Regulatory Rulemaking

Our Firm understands that in some instances solutions require changes in the law or rules or the pursuit of regulatory relief in the form of a variance. We have experience in developing and successfully advocating these solutions.