Expertise

The lawyers at Lazarus, Silvyn & Bangs, P.C. have been practicing zoning, planning and land use law in Arizona for over 40 years.

The Firm represents clients in both the public and private sector and has expertise in the following areas:

Land Use Law

  • Negotiating, adopting and implementing:
    • Development agreements
    • Redevelopment and urban renewal districts
    • Impact fees agreements
    • Planning and acquisition of state lands
    • Conservation easements
    • Municipal Annexations
    • Obtaining land use approvals and development permits
    • Negotiating easements, dedications, abandonments, and rights of way
    • Defining and interpreting restrictive covenants (CC&R's)
    • Drafting, interpreting and amending zoning regulations
    • Negotiating roadway and other public improvements
    • Advising on development requirements for the disabled
    • Obtaining business identification sign approvals

Zoning

Our lawyers routinely practice before city and town councils, county boards of supervisors and other administrative boards and stakeholder groups to obtain zoning and related entitlements, including:

  • Rezoning and General Plan Amendments
  • Zoning legislation:  Drafting, review and processing of development regulations, including zoning codes
  • Planned area developments, planned unit development specifications: drafting, negotiating and obtaining approvals for comprehensive zoning for large parcels.
  • Zoning adjustments:  variances, use permits
  • Zoning interpretations
  • Modification of zoning stipulations/conditions
  • Zoning approval for signage, including Comprehensive Sign Plans
  • Historic preservation processing
  • Zoning violation defense
  • Nonconforming (grandfathered) uses
  • Zoning due diligence analyses

Project Approval

As part of the development process, additional administration approvals are required.  Our lawyers continue to promote expertise and assistance in:

 Preliminary and final site plan processing

  • Building permit processing
  • Building code waivers and interpretation
  • Right-of-way:  dedication, exactions, improvement districts, payback agreements, abandonment and access, and roadway configurations
  • Subdivision processing
  • Consultation on LEED Certification

Comprehensive and General Plans

There are times when a Comprehensive Plan requires amendment prior to a rezoning. Our lawyers have extensive experience in:

  • Drafting of text
  • Text Amendments
  • Map Amendments