Land Use Law

Land Use Law

Navigate Law Group understands the complexities and delicate nature of Oregon and Washington land use law. Local in nature, land use rules vary by county and municipality. Regulations are updated frequently, and not all land uses fit neatly within an enumerated development code. Our experienced attorneys can assist with permit applications, conditional use approval strategy, pre-purchase land use review, variances, nonconforming uses, zoning changes, land use violations, and more. Our firm works closely with engineers, architects, and other land development professionals as needed to provide a holistic approach to your legal needs. Whether you need an attorney for a single land use permit or full-service development strategy, we’re here for you.

Land Use Applications

Different land use zones allow landowners to use property in a particular way. For example, commercial zones are often best suited for retail sales, agricultural and rural zones are often best for farm uses, etc. However, each county has dozens of different zones, each with enumerated and prohibited uses. Certain types of land uses are only allowed through a land use permit. Each local jurisdiction has a number of different types of land use applications and specific application procedures. Navigate Law Group can guide you through the process, help you complete the right application, and correspond with your local land use office on your behalf.

Zoning Changes

You may find your local land use code doesn’t allow you to use the land the way you want, even with a permit. In order to use land in a way that conflicts with the applicable zoning ordinances, it may be necessary to change your zone. Navigate Law Group can help you understand the criteria to apply for a zoning change or determine whether a zone change is even necessary.

Nonconforming Uses

Land use regulations change from time to time, but what does that mean for an existing landowner? If you have been using land legally, but regulations have changed such that your land use is no longer allowed, you may be eligible to apply for a special type of land use permit called a non-conforming use determination. These applications are technical in nature and fact-specific, so please contact our firm for assistance.

Land Use Violations

When a local land use official cites a landowner with a violation of a local ordinance, the landowner has a number of procedural rights, including the right to a hearing. However, the timeline to demand a hearing is often very short. If someone has alleged you violated a land use ordinance, call Navigate Law Group today to help you build a case and represent you before a hearings examiner, if necessary. Depending on the unique facts of your case, our firm may even be able to head off some of these issues before they even begin. Don’t wait until it’s too late; the sooner you contact us, the more we can do for you.

We had trouble with a contractor we had paid a considerable sum of money for remodeling of a home we bought. After multiple attempts to make contact with the contractor and settle with no results we saw no other recourse but to find an attorney. At wits end we found Navigate Law and Trevor agreed to take our case. He was able to help us recover our losses rather painlessly. Trevor kept us informed every step along the way until we reached a worthwhile resolution. If I should ever need ANY sort of legal help in the future I will contact Trevor FIRST. Even if it’s something out of his area of practice I will be asking him who he recommends. We found him to be extremely helpful, honest and attentive to our specific needs. I would have to say that he is the antithesis to every bad lawyer joke you may have ever heard.

– Dennis Blake

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Our Land Use Law Attorney 

Trevor J. Cartales

Trevor J. Cartales

Senior Attorney

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