Residential and Master-Planned Communities

  • The Residential and Master-Planned Communities Team at Holland & Knight represents land developers, publicly traded and privately held merchant home builders and real estate investors in the development of residential, mixed-use and master-planned communities throughout the United States. 
  • Our lawyers have worked on large-scale "new town" projects, transit-oriented developments, traditional mixed-use planned communities, resort and recreation communities, active adult communities, "new urbanist" developments, conservation communities and military base re-use projects.  
  • Experienced in government policy and regulatory processes across the country, our multidisciplinary real estate law team helps clients navigate the full life cycle of residential and master-planned communities.
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A full-service approach to real estate law ensures the Real Estate Team at Holland & Knight can advise and guide you to help protect your interests in residential and planned developments.

Guidance Through All Phases of Development

Owners and developers of planned communities and mixed-used developments (PCs) face issues and challenges ranging from land use to comprehensive planning to administrative proceedings. Our network of residential real estate attorneys works efficiently to guide you through all phases of a PC’s development as part of our commitment to build a strong legal structure for your entity, as well as for affiliated companies offering supporting services. Services include:

  • reviewing developers’ plans, including anticipated marketing and goals
  • drafting and revising developers' purchase and sale agreements to ensure compliance with state and federal law
  • counseling on all aspects of purchase and sales contracts
  • structuring documents for a community’s day-to-day operations, including formation of a master association and other sub-associations with appropriate covenants and restrictions
  • handling land use matters, including zoning, comprehensive plans, plat amendments, planned-unit developments, special use permits, variances and appeals, zoning opinion letters, building permit reviews and historic preservation
  • counseling on all facets of condominium law from preparing registration applications and sales contracts to serving as representation in litigation
  • advising on Development of Regional Impact (DRI) matters and obtaining DRI Development Orders (DO) and DO Amendments
  • handling eminent domain and condemnation issues including acquisition of rights-of-way and representation in condemnation cases
  • counseling on construction law and design matters including contract preparation, negotiation and administration, claims and disputes, and permitting and code enforcement issues
  • handling environmental issues such as regulation, compliance, permitting, enforcement, environmental risk assessment, contracting for environmental consultants and abatement and litigation
  • structuring debt and equity financing vehicles to comply with local real estate laws, federal and state income taxes, and other regulatory constraints
  • advising on mortgage law and all areas of real estate secured lending, including negotiating, structuring, documenting and closing mortgage loans for real estate acquisition, construction and permanent financing
  • structuring single family mortgage revenue bond transactions
  • managing administrative proceedings including HUD limited denials of participation, suspensions and debarments, management terminations, audits and investigations by HUD’s Office of Inspector General, and criminal actions brought by the Justice Department and/or United States Attorneys

Broad Industry Know-How Enhances Your Competitive Edge

Our team members are actively involved in all aspects of the real estate industry to strengthen the insight and experience available to you. From serving on citizen advisory committees for comprehensive planning issues to leading the development of innovative financing vehicles for borrowers, our lawyers’ wide-ranging knowledge of real estate issues is applied to our commitment to provide our clients a competitive edge.

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