Zoning, Planning and Land Use


Hartman Simons & Wood LLP assists in procuring the permits and licenses required to support development plans. We work closely with state, county and local governing agencies to ensure that roadblocks are avoided and that your project is in compliance throughout the development cycle. We routinely prepare and present compelling and logical presentations to civic leaders, planning commissions and zoning boards.


Hartman Simons & Wood LLP protects the rights of private property owners when the government moves to exercise its right of eminent domain. We work diligently to negotiate fair and equitable compensation for a landowner’s asset and to minimize the potential impact of condemnation actions.


Hartman Simons & Wood LLP ensures our clients maximize their utilization of available public funds. We negotiate agreements between clients, local and state governments and economic development entities in efforts to secure economic incentives that offset development costs. These include:

  • TADs
  • TIFs
  • IDDs
  • LCIs
  • PILOT bonds
  • Tax credits
  • Community Development Block Grants


Hartman Simons & Wood LLP advises clients on permitting and compliance issues that result from the promulgation and enforcement of statutes, ordinances, codes and rule making at all levels of government. To be successful, you need to know the regulatory landscape and how legislative initiatives are interpreted when applied to your project. Our attorneys’ routinely employ their extensive experience with regulatory matters and the people responsible for them to secure beneficial and often critical determinations that allow projects to proceed as planned.


Our firm regularly handles zoning issues for landowners, developers and retailers. Our team is adept at addressing rezoning issues and zoning disputes. We secure approvals for many types of developments, including mixed-use developments, retail power centers, office developments and other commercial development projects.