The members of Johnston, Allison and Hord’s Condemnation and Land Use Practice Area protect corporate and individual property owners’ rights to own and use real property.
Our clients include national, regional and local retailers, commercial developers, car dealerships, solar energy developers, shopping centers, fast food restaurants, theatres, mini storage facilities, colleges, convenience stores, drug stores, grocery stores, manufacturing plants, wholesale distributors, night clubs, homeowners, and homeowner associations.
Condemnation (Eminent Domain)
Even the most savvy real estate owner can feel overwhelmed when threatened with the taking of his or her business, home or property for a highway widening, light rail extension, airport expansion, utility line relocation, or other public project.
Our attorneys have extensive knowledge of the state and federal laws, procedures, and issues unique to eminent domain. But our clients also benefit from decades of experience successfully representing owners and tenants similarly impacted by partial or total takings. We understand how your property will be affected and will fight to reduce the impacts to your property or maximize compensation for your damages.
Land Use / Property Rights Preservation
Our attorneys appear before City, County and Town Boards across North and South Carolina to secure rezonings, variances, permits, and other approvals our corporate and individual clients need to maximize the use of their property. Our representation starts with understanding our client’s goals and includes working closely with other development team members, Planning Staff, the community, and if permissible, Board members, to ensure a path to success. We vigorously defend clients faced with Notices of Violations or subjected to excessive tax valuations.
- Specific areas where we have particular experience include:
- Eminent Domain (condemnation)
- Inverse Condemnation
- Zoning and Rezonings
- Conditional Use Permits
- Special Use Permits
- Vested Rights
- Appeals from Board Denials
- Due Diligence
- Drafting Amendments to Land Development Ordinances
- Notices of Violation
- Property Tax Appeals
- Project Permitting