Zoning & Land Use

Experience

  • Developer Representation

    Directed client’s community outreach and lobbying efforts with City of Dallas officials to successfully secure $11.25 MM in tax increment financing from the city for a high-profile, mixed-use project in Dallas.

  • Developer Representation

    Secured City of Dallas support for a zoning change for a mixed-use project in East Dallas that included a ground-level grocery store, market-rate multi-family units and affordable housing.

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Overview

At Munsch Hardt, we understand that a successful real estate project begins with a solid foundation. Our team of experienced Zoning & Land Use attorneys function as a key component of our Firm’s recognized Real Estate practice, helping steer developers, investors and property owners around potential obstacles and through the often-complex maze of zoning requirements in North Texas cities.

Under the leadership of a former Dallas City Council member, who during her tenure legislated and negotiated more zoning cases in central Dallas than all the other council districts combined, our team has built a strong rapport with elected officials, governmental agencies, civic groups and neighborhood associations. These relationships are built on the credibility we earned through our work and involvement on major multifamily and mix-used development projects.

Many of our clients' real estate endeavors require us to appear before the Dallas City Council, the Dallas City Plan Commission, the Oak Lawn Committee and other community groups throughout the region. Through this experience, we understand how local ordinances intersect with state and federal laws, from subdivision requirements to environmental permitting, and we use our knowledge to obtain all necessary permits and approvals for a project. Our work does not end with obtaining needed approvals.

We serve as effective local counsel for key players in the private sector, such as major corporations, financial institutions, universities and hospitals, as well as multistate, commercial, mixed-use and hotel developers. Munsch Hardt advises clients on a wide range of issues, including:

  • Annexation petitions
  • Environmental regulations
  • Board of Adjustment variances
  • General plan amendments
  • Community advocacy
  • Infrastructure development agreements
  • Condemnation/eminent domain 
  • Land development
  • Construction contracts
  • Landmark proceedings 
  • Corporate entity creation
  • Leasing negotiations and contracts
  • Development rights transfers 
  • Planned development districts/planned unit developments
  • Economic development incentives 
  • Specific use permits and defense of permits
  • Entitlements of master-planned communities
  • Zoning applications and changes

By coordinating with the Firm’s Real Estate Transactional attorneys, Munsch Hardt is positioned to represent you through any stage of a real property matter. This often includes conducting due diligence for acquisitions and financing; managing construction contracts and construction-related disputes; addressing local, state and federal taxes, including tax credits of all forms and researching existing zoning and deed restrictions. At the end of the day, we tap our full-service team, as needed, to keep our client’s projects on budget and on schedule.