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

Publication

Beyond Maine’s Ban-the-Box Statute: Practical Employer Considerations

In five (5) days, Maine’s Fair Chance Employment Act goes into effect.  We originally summarized the objective and impact of that legislation in an alert posted on August 11, 2021 .  Now is the...

Press Coverage

In Reversal, Maine CDC Will Allow "Advocacy Journalists" into Next COVID-19 Briefing

Following an announcement by Gov. Janet Mills, representatives from the Maine People's Alliance and the Maine Policy Institute will be allowed to attend and participate in the weekly livestream COVID-19 briefings presented by the Maine Center for Disease...

Press Coverage

The Maine Monitor Sues York County for Jail Call Records

On August 2, The Maine Monitor filed a lawsuit against York County, challenging the County's denial of reporter access to public records that may detail times it has recorded confidential conversations between defendants being held at the...

Event

Legal Lunches: Workin' for the Weekend

Laura Rideout and John Cronan will participate in a panel discussion called "Workin' for the Weekend: Team Safety Including Wage & Hour, OSHA and Workers' Comp in a Post-COVID World" as a part of...

News

Nineteen Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2021 Super Lawyers

Nineteen Preti Flaherty attorneys have been selected for recognition by Super Lawyers , including eleven Rising Stars. Super Lawyers rates outstanding lawyers throughout the United States in more than 70 practice areas. Only five...

News

Law360 Names Matt Warner 2021 Cannabis MVP

Preti Flaherty attorney and Cannabis Business Group member Matt Warner was recently named one of Law360's 2021 MVPs in the field of Cannabis. Matt distinguished himself with his pioneering work challenging medical marijuana residency...

Event

Kenneth Rubinstein and Anthony Manhart to Present on Modifying AIA Contract Documents

AIA contract documents are the industry standard for managing contractual relationships in construction and design projects. Despite this widespread use, the contracts often contain holes and fail to protect the interests of particular clients...

Publication

Legislative Alert: Special Session, Redistricting, and Cloture

The Legislature gathered for a Special Session last week, September 29 th , to vote on legislative redistricting. The final agreement passed successfully and with strong bipartisan support in both the House and the...

Event

Dan Walker to Present on Maine Cannabis Law and Policy at Cumberland Bar Association

Preti Flaherty attorney and Cannabis Business Group chair Dan Walker will present on the topic "Maine Cannabis Law and Policy: Review of Current Status and Updates to Maine’s Two Cannabis Programs – Medical and...

Publication

Employees Who Refuse to Comply with a Mandatory Vaccination Policy are Generally Ineligible to Receive Unemployment Benefits

Following a nationwide spike in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, an increasing number of Maine private businesses and colleges have joined the healthcare industry in requiring workers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19. Vaccine...