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

Press Coverage

Woman Charged with Starting Massive Blaze That Consumed Pittston Residence

On May 10, a woman in Pittston was issued a summons for an outdoors burning violation for a fire that destroyed her home and spread to another building nearby. Officials from the Forest Protection...

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Preti Flaherty Welcomes Attorneys S. Michael Adams, II; Colin T. Barrett; Thomas J. Druan, Jr.; Nicholas P. Janzen; and Thomas C. LeBlond to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce the arrival of attorneys S. Michael Adams, II; Colin T. Barrett; Thomas J. Druan, Jr.; Nicholas P. Janzen; and Thomas C. LeBlond. Mike Adams joins the firm’s Real...

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Preti Flaherty Welcomes Attorneys Joshua J. Biermann, Laura E. Jensen, and Michael J. Melusky to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce the arrival of three new associates to the firm’s Portland office: Joshua J. Biermann, Laura E. Jensen, and Michael J. Melusky. Josh Biermann is a graduate of the...

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Reminder to Continue to Update Policies and Practices to Reflect Latest COVID-19 Guidance

You might be sick of thinking about COVID-19 but people are still getting sick and employers must take appropriate action to keep the workplace safe. There has been a steady increase this summer in...

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Pachios on the News, with Guest Maine Gubernatorial Candidate Paul LePage

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46 Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected by Peers for Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2023, Including 6 “Lawyers of the Year”

Forty-six Preti Flaherty attorneys have been named to Best Lawyers in America 2023, including three “Ones to Watch” and six “Lawyer of the Year” recipients. Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America is considered a...

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First Circuit Court of Appeals Rules Against Maine Residency Requirements for the Medical Cannabis Industry

The First Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday struck down the Maine law that requires owners of medical cannabis dispensaries to be Maine residents. The Court affirmed a decision from the federal court in...

Event

ACC NextGen Starter Brief: Bankruptcy

In order to keep your business running, you rely on suppliers, vendors, and distributors. What if one of those businesses is in financial trouble and may file for bankruptcy? What if they do file...

Event

55th Annual Transportation Law Institute

The global supply chain has been disrupted by worldwide events over the past few years. No one is immune from the effects of world issues, and this panel, moderated by Preti Flaherty's Daniel Sonneborn...

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Considerations When Terminating a Foreign Worker (H-1B, H-1B1, E-1/E-2, E-3, TN, L-1, O-1)

Terminating an employee is always a difficult decision. Terminating a foreign worker has additional challenges and consequences that must be considered, and employers must ensure they comply with state and federal law. An employer...