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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From Augusta: A Legislative Update for HR Professionals

On March 13, 2020, Maine Senate President Troy Jackson and Speaker of the House Sara Gideon issued a joint statement to the 129th Maine Legislature signifying their intention to suspend the remainder of the...

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Changing Control in the Time of COVID: Navigating ‘Change of Ownership’ Prior to PPP Loan Satisfaction.

The Hypothetical Everyone loves a hypothetical, right? So let’s begin with one about Billy Builder: Billy Builder holds 55% of the equity in a construction business he founded way back when the fax machine...

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Never Say Goodbye: Employee Performance Reviews, Terminations, and Alternatives

Laura Rideout and Dottie Chalmers Cutter, VP of Operations at Chalmers Insurance Group will present on employee performance reviews, terminations, and alternatives as a part of the Institute for Family Owned Business Legal Lunch...

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From Concord: A Legislative Update for HR Professionals

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, all legislative activities in the state of New Hampshire, with a couple of exceptions, will be handled remotely. Several employment-related bills will be considered and voted on during this...

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Benchmark Litigation Names Preti Flaherty 2021 “Maine Firm of the Year”

Benchmark Litigation has named Preti Flaherty as 2021 Litigation Firm of the Year in the State of Maine. The Benchmark Awards honor distinguished litigators and law firms in all 50 states and 10 practice...

Press Coverage

Maine Newspapers Challenge Rule Concealing Electronic Court Records

A Maine court committee in December established a 90-day blackout period rule on public access to newly filed electronic court records, a move which has been challenged by Maine's newspapers as a violation of the First Amendment. Paper...

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Maine Workers' Comp Alert: Maine Supreme Court Issues Decision Regarding Statute of Limitations in Coordination of Benefits

Maine Supreme Court Issues Decision in Charest v. Hydraulic Hose Dealing with Unique Statute of Limitations Issue in the Context of the Coordination of Benefits On March 30, 2021, the Law Court issued a...

Press Coverage

Sabattus Family's Bat Woes Prompt Bill To Force Real Estate Pest Disclosure

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Maine Justice Foundation Makes Inaugural Grants to Six Maine Groups Working for Racial Justice and Equity

The Maine Justice Foundation has made inaugural grants from its Racial Justice Fund to six Maine groups. The goal of the Fund is to support Black, Indigenous, and People of Color statewide to forge...

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Maine Workers' Comp Alert: Appellate Division Affirms Decision Involving Gradual Injury That First Manifested at Home, Not at Work

In Thomas v. United Ambulance , United Ambulance appealed a Decision (Goodnough, ALJ) granting Thomas’s Petition for Award and granting in part his Petition for Payment. United Ambulance argued that the ALJ erred in...