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Milwaukee Real Estate Entitlements Attorneys

Lawyers for Building Permits and Approvals by the Milwaukee Planning Commission

When planning real estate development projects, navigating the complex world of entitlements can be confusing, but it is essential to ensure that these issues are addressed correctly. Entitlements refer to the legal rights and permissions granted by government authorities that allow property owners to develop their land for specific purposes. These entitlements can include zoning changes, permits, variances, and other approvals necessary for a successful project.

In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, obtaining entitlements requires careful consideration of various legal concerns. From compliance with zoning laws to economic feasibility and risk mitigation, there are several factors that need to be addressed in order to secure these essential rights. An experienced real estate attorney at Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, LLP can play a vital role in guiding developers, property owners, and other involved parties through the entitlement process.

Compliance with Zoning Laws

Zoning laws dictate how land can be used within a particular jurisdiction. They establish different zones or districts (such as residential, commercial, and industrial) and outline specific regulations regarding building height restrictions, setbacks from property lines, parking requirements, and more.

At Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, LLP, our attorneys understand the intricacies of local zoning ordinances in Milwaukee. We work closely with our clients to ensure their proposed development projects comply with all applicable regulations before submitting applications for entitlements. If necessary we can apply for special use variances or other options addressed by the Board of Zoning Appeals.

Economic Feasibility Analysis

Our skilled attorneys can assist developers by conducting due diligence on a project's financial viability while considering factors such as construction costs, budget constraints, and anticipated revenue streams. We can also help identify potential risks associated with securing necessary entitlements, such as community opposition or environmental concerns.

Risk Mitigation

Real estate development projects inherently involve risks, and entitlements can be a critical aspect of risk mitigation. Our attorneys will help identify potential legal challenges that may arise during the process and develop strategies to mitigate those risks. For example, we can review contracts and agreements related to the project, ensuring they protect the developer's interests while minimizing their exposure to liability. We can also assist in negotiating with government agencies or community stakeholders to address any concerns that may arise during the entitlement process.

The Entitlement Application Process in Milwaukee

In Milwaukee, applying for entitlements involves several steps that must be followed meticulously. While each project is unique, there are general procedures typically involved:

  1. Preliminary consultation: A developer may meet with city officials or planning department representatives to discuss their proposed project and gain initial feedback on its feasibility within existing zoning regulations.
  2. Project design: Working closely with architects and other professionals, a developer will create detailed plans for their proposed development that comply with zoning laws and other applicable regulations.
  3. Filing applications: Our attorneys will prepare all necessary applications for entitlements based on the specific requirements outlined by local authorities. These applications typically include site plans, environmental impact assessments, traffic studies, and other supporting documents as needed.
  4. Municipal review process: Once submitted, the application undergoes a thorough review by various municipal departments, such as planning, zoning, and engineering. Depending on the complexity of the project, this review process may take several weeks or even months. During this time, our attorneys will communicate regularly with city officials, addressing any questions or concerns that may arise.
  5. Public hearings: In some cases, hearings may be required to gather input from community members and stakeholders. Our attorneys can help prepare for these hearings, ensuring that a developer presents a compelling case supported by evidence and expert testimony if necessary.
  6. Decision-making: After completing the review process and considering all relevant factors, local authorities will make a decision regarding the entitlement application. This decision may involve granting approval as submitted, imposing certain conditions on the project's development, or denying the application altogether. Our attorneys will advocate on behalf of a developer throughout this decision-making process.

If an entitlement is granted, a developer can move forward with their proposed project. However, if an entitlement is denied, or conditions are imposed that render the project unfeasible, our attorneys can help explore alternative options, such as appealing the decision or seeking modifications to address any concerns raised during the review process.

Contact Our Milwaukee Real Estate Entitlement Lawyers

Navigating through real estate entitlements in Milwaukee requires strategic legal guidance to address local zoning laws and procedures followed by city departments and officials. At Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, LLP, our team of experienced attorneys focuses on assisting clients with all aspects of real estate development projects. We understand how crucial it is to secure proper entitlements while mitigating risks along the way. To learn how we can assist with entitlements and related concerns, contact us at 414-271-1440 and schedule a consultation.

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