Land Use and Local Government Law and Litigation

The Law Office of Robert K. Lincoln, P.A.  provides legal services to private and public entities involved in complex land use disputes.  Hiring an attorney is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements.  Before you decide, ask and I will provide free information about my experience and qualifications. 

Practice Areas

Land Use & Local Government Litigation

We provide consultation and representation to public and private clients regarding administrative and court litigation and appellate services in the area of land use and local government law, including:

  • Comprehensive plan approvals
  • Rezonings or special exceptions
  • Bert Harris Act claims (inordinate regulatory burdens) 
  • Constitutional issues arising from comprehensive plans, zoning ordinances,  exactions, or enforcement, including due process, equal protections, takings or First Amendment issues
  • Religious rights
  • Charter amendments
  • Public records/public meetings (Sunshine)
  • Appeals—by certiorari or appeal

Zoning, Planning and Development

We provide counsel, support and representation for public or private clients who may be  anticipating or involved in a dispute over the issuance of a regulatory approval.  Our clients benefit from Mr. Lincoln's  extensive background in growth management, land use planning, development, and infrastructure financing – from both the public sector and the development side of the table. These permitting or planning approvals may include:

  • Comprehensive Plan Amendments
  • Rezoning or Special Exceptions
  • Development of Regional Impact Approvals
  • Development Agreements or Proportionate Share Mitigation Agreements to address Concurrency Issues
  • Establishment of Community Development Districts
  • Permitting and Variance Requests
  • Environmental Resource Permits (wetlands, mangroves and stormwater issues)

Local Governmental Law

Robert K. Lincoln is an attorney who is Board Certified in City, County and Local Government Law, and the Firm offers legal counsel regarding a range of matters related to local government law, including: 

Substantive land use regulation

  • Comprehensive plans
  • Zoning/land development codes
  • Environmental regulations

Economic/Infrastructure Funding

  • Impact fee regulations
  • Proportionate share/fair share regulations and agreements 
  • Dedication requirements
  • Special assessments

Procedural matters

  • Constitutional and statutory processes 
  • Charter amendments
  • Sunshine Law

Open Meetings and Public Records

We provide advice, counseling and representation to public or private entities throughout Florida about their rights and responsibilities under Florida’s Sunshine Laws, including issues such as:

  • Obtaining public records
  • Applicability of exemptions to public records
  • Retention and preservation requirements
  • Open meeting requirements
  • Recusals and limitations of recusals/conflicts of interest
  • Notice and publication requirements

2055 Wood Street, Suite 206, Sarasota, FL 34237      Phone (941) 681-8700

Hiring an attorney is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Before you decide, ask and I will send you free written information about my qualifications and experience. Additionally, the comments, statements and articles contained herein are general in nature and should not be relied upon as a basis for any legal opinion, action or conclusion on the part of the reader with respect to any particular set of facts or circumstances, or to establish an attorney-client relationship between us.