Real Estate Development Lawyer

The Land Use and Zoning Practice group serves a diverse range of clients in all aspects of the planning, zoning, and regulatory process. In doing so, we recognize the importance of economic development and maximizing each property’s development potential in the most time and cost-efficient manner. Our team regularly works with commercial and residential developers, engineers, real estate agents, community members, landowners, and others who are navigating the process of all types of land development and operations. 

Our practice group members also serve on numerous local land use boards and have the experience of municipal planning staff, affording a unique perspective to efficiently achieve our clients’ development goals. We provide expert guidance and representation through all aspects of the development process including feasibility analysis, site plan review applications, variance applications, lot line adjustments, conditional use permits, special exceptions, and subdivision approvals. Practice group attorneys regularly represent our clients before municipal land use boards in the New England states, the Superior Courts, the Housing Appeals Board, and the Supreme Court. We are adept at reviewing land use ordinances and regulations.  

We also represent clients in all types of wetlands and administrative regulatory matters. Our team regularly works with New England’s preeminent lenders, investors, engineers, architects, wetland scientists, brokers, and other real estate professionals to achieve the best results for our clients, time and again. Some of our success stories include multi-family and apartment buildings and developments, industrial complexes, office buildings, retail shopping centers, condominiums, affordable and workforce housing developments, conservation easements, agricultural tourism, utilities and telecommunications infrastructure, hospitality and hotel development, recreational parks and facilities, and waterfront development. The broad range and depth of our diverse team can handle all aspects of real estate matters.

Our Services

  • Acquisitions, Dispositions and Development of Real Estate
  • Condominiums, Commercial, Residential and Mixed Use (Including Creative Forms of Units)
  • Construction
  • Land Use Planning and Permitting
  • Leasing
  • Mixed-Use Developments & Form Based Code Developments
  • Affordable Housing Developments
  • Mortgage Lending and Borrowing
  • Office Projects
  • Industrial Projects
  • Retail Projects
  • Tax Exempt Bond Financing (Institution and Credit Enhancing Bank)
  • Asset Defense

We Can Help You

Contact us today to learn more about how the attorneys at Devine Millimet can help you with your legal needs.

Representative Matters

  • Represent real estate investor with over 1 million square feet of commercial real estate properties in NH and Northern MA, in acquisition, leasing, development and all aspects of his business, including the acquisition, financing and leasing of 550,000-square-foot office park.
  • Represented developer in large form based code "New Urban" mixed use project.
  • Represent developers in obtaining controversial comprehensive permits for affordable housing under Massachusetts Chapter 40B.
  • Represented national developer with respect to various aspects of acquisition, permitting, development and sale of projects consisting of more than 1,500 combined housing units in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Florida and California.
  • Represent lenders or institutions in several tax-exempt bond transactions involving credit enhancement in the form of standby bond purchase agreement or direct pay letter of credit with bonds in principal amounts in the $10,000,000 to $30,000,000 range.
  • Represent national publicly traded company in the multimillion dollar sales of its commercial real estate properties in New England.
  • Represent telecommunications company in zoning and planning matters for the construction of telecommunications towers.
  • Acquisition of northern New Hampshire paper mill, with related hydropower facilities, railroad issues and solid waste disposal facility, including a covenant not to sue with State and compliance agreements with state and federal governments.
  • Acquisition of EPA Superfund site for future residential development, including Negotiation of Prospective Purchaser Agreement with the State and federal governments.
  • Represent developer in the planning and zoning for and creation of condominium for a medical office building and structure parking garage set in a tight urban setting adjunct to a major New Hampshire hospital in which the buildings are located on land condominiums.
  • Regularly represent national companies with New Hampshire land use matters in locating facilities or developing projects, coordinating with corporate professionals within the client and other counsel.
  • Represent redevelopment authority for the creation of a condominium for a mixed use development that is located in a city-center which was the site of a railroad station and includes building units, air space units which convert to building condominiums upon construction and the right to submit each building to a condominium form of ownership as sub-condominiums.