Land Use and Zoning



Robinson Bradshaw's land use and zoning practice unites attorneys in the firm with broad experience in transactions, governmental approvals and litigation related to use of real property.

Our primary areas of emphasis are:

Zoning and Entitlements

We have represented clients in obtaining zoning approvals and entitlements for a wide range of projects, including large shopping centers, mixed-use projects and residential developments. Our litigators have represented parties in zoning disputes and litigation, some resulting in reported decisions. Clients benefit from our excellent relationships with planning departments and elected officials in major metropolitan areas of North Carolina and the upstate portion of South Carolina.

Tax Incentive and Similar Agreements

Robinson Bradshaw has represented clients in negotiating tax incentive and similar agreements for relocations, developments and improvements related to corporate office, retail, mixed-use and industrial projects in North Carolina, South Carolina and other states. We maintain current, detailed information regarding incentive programs in the Carolinas, and we assist clients in comparing and negotiating incentive packages and agreements.

Brownfields and Wetlands

In conjunction with our firm’s Environmental Practice Group, we represent clients in environmental land use development issues, including Brownfield Agreements for properties affected by environmental problems and wetlands permits and certifications for sites containing wetlands.

Honors & Awards

  • Chambers USA: Americas Leading Lawyers for Business, Band 1 for real estate, 2003-17
  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms, national Tier 2 for land use & zoning law, 2017; national Tier 3 for land use & zoning law, 2018; Charlotte Tier 1 for land use & zoning law, 2014-18; Charlotte Tier 1 for litigation – land use & zoning, 2013-18


News & Events




  • Starting Out on the Right Foot: Early Efforts Regarding Electronically Stored Information
    Sept. 12, 2014
    Antitrust & Complex Business Dispute News, a newsletter from the NCBA
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