We bring new development and redevelopment projects to the finish line. While this process can be a maze of regulatory and bureaucratic obstacles, Preti Flaherty’s attorneys have extensive experience overcoming the hurdles through every phase of development. We specialize in simplifying complex land use and permitting matters, and turning plans and drawings into towers, pipelines, bricks and mortar. From the initial design and planning phase to zoning, permitting and financing through to construction and operation, we provide strategic and tactical guidance to help make any development project a reality.

Our attorneys provide land use and permitting advice, guidance and leadership in many contexts and areas, including:

  • Federal, state and municipal permitting and other government approvals
    • EPA
    • Army Corps
    • FERC
    • State regulatory
    • FAA
    • FCC
    • Presidential permits
  • Land development and redevelopment agreements
  • Contract zoning agreements
  • Subdivision planning and site plan review
  • Federal, state and municipal government approvals
  • Variances and special use permits
  • Operational licenses and signoffs
  • Environmental auditing
  • Brownfields and Voluntary Cleanup Plans
  • Environmental insurance
  • Timberland transactions, conservation easements and land conservation
  • Financing
  • Zoning and land use opinions
  • Zoning, land use and eminent domain litigation

Streamlined from start to finish

We advise landowners, developers, municipalities, investors and other clients in navigating the intricacies and ins-and-outs of a wide range of development projects, including linear energy, wind power (on shore and off-shore), tidal, solar, and hydro-power projects. Through our extensive knowledge and experience we know what to look out for so we can effectively plan and avoid time-consuming and expensive obstacles. We’ve reviewed site plans, cut through red tape, gained approvals, and identified problems and opportunities for development projects big and small. Preti Flaherty’s experience and successful track record in the region is unmatched.

Firm Highlights

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Essential Business? Essential Activity? Clarification Here.

Effective at 12:01 a.m. on April 2nd, the Governor has ordered a statewide “stay at home” order further restricting Maine resident’s movement. Governor’s Executive Order No. 28 FY 19/20 dated March 31, 2020 (“Stay...

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2020 Employment Law Series: A Legislative Update for HR Professionals

For more than 25 years, Preti Flaherty's Employment Law Group has been keeping clients, business partners, and friends up to date on recent developments in employment law. Join us as we continue that tradition...

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Preti Flaherty Attorney Tim Bryant Selected by Franchise Times as “Legal Eagle”

For the twelfth year in a row, Preti Flaherty attorney Tim Bryant has been recognized as a Franchise Times magazine “Legal Eagle.” Nominated by their peers, franchise attorneys chosen for this honor are considered among...

Press Coverage

Maine State Police May Be Spying on You

Police and governments are increasingly turning to new tracking and monitoring methods in their efforts to prevent and record evidence of crimes. A Portland Press Herald investigation examines these expanding law enforcement abilities and the...

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Maine - Waterville Coronavirus Panel Illegally Met in Secret

A Waterville City Council coronavirus subcommittee formed in response to the outbreak has been accused of illegally meeting in secret, denying public access to its deliberations, and making unlawful decisions. Extended Coverage: Virus Concerns Lead to 'Public' Meetings Without...

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Preti Flaherty Announces its COVID-19 Financial Relief Evaluation and Selection Tool

This Analysis of COVID-19 Financial Advice is effective as of 5PM on Friday, April 3, 2020.  THE INFORMATION SET FORTH BELOW IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE as Treasury Guidelines and other authorities emerge from the...

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Attorney Betsy E. Wakefield Joins Preti Flaherty’s Business Law Group

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that Betsy E. Wakefield has joined the firm. Betsy will practice with the Business Law Group from the firm’s Portland office, where she will be counseling banking and...

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Construction Alert: Gov. Baker Clarifies Massachusetts Construction Requirements and Possible Future Impacts for New Hampshire

The state of construction in Massachusetts continues to evolve as Governor Baker issued another order yesterday tightening  the list of types of construction that are allowed to proceed  as "essential services." Under the new...

Press Coverage

6th Circ. Says Auto Parts Co. Can't Arbitrate Price-Fixing Suit

On February 24, a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Michigan district court's January 2019 decision that KYB Corp. can't force a suit accusing it of conspiring with other auto parts...

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Preti Flaherty Welcomes Attorneys James W. Beers, Jr., and Alan E. Topalian to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce the arrival of two new attorneys: James W. Beers, Jr., and Alan E. Topalian. James joins the Environmental Practice Group as a Director and will work from the...