Ask any real estate developer or small business owner—or any homeowner who needs help from the local zoning hearing board—to describe the most consistently frustrating aspect about obtaining the needed permits for their project. Almost all will have something to say about land use matters and zoning law. (And most of what they’ll say wouldn’t be appropriate for publication here.)
In Southeastern Pennsylvania (Bucks and Montgomery counties in particular), the process of developing property for any project, and then receiving all of the permits and approvals for that project, can often be fraught with unexpected obstacles and complications.
A nearby resident, for instance, might attempt to stop the project because the planned building blocks the view of the leafy street beyond. A small business owner hoping to open a cafe on that same leafy street might be surprised to learn that the neighborhood isn’t zoned for commercial use of any sort.
Then, of course, there are the zoning boards and the boards of supervisors who sometimes make decisions that make no sense at all. In the meantime, the project sits dormant. And that’s where Doylestown land use lawyers William Benner and Edward Wild come in.
Why use us for your legal land use issue? Two words: local experience
Since 1995, Benner and Wild have been providing a range of legal services, including Real Estate Representation, throughout Bucks County and beyond. William and Edward, in fact, began their legal careers in Real Estate Law and Business Partnership at the Doylestown legal firm of Power, Bowen and Valimont.
For nearly two decades, the our law firm, in downtown Doylestown, has been representing clients of literally all sizes: individuals, major industrial developers, and the small and medium-sized commercial and residential real estate organizations in between.
Zoning and land use pioneers
Consider this: William and Edward were two of the very first lawyers in the Southeastern region of Pennsylvania to act as land use counsel to providers of wireless telecommunications services. During the earliest days of the wireless network’s development, they counseled numerous clients through hearings with zoning boards, and through meetings with governing authorities.
Our firm has a lengthy and extensive history of treading precedent-setting legal ground.
Regardless of whether you are a commercial, industrial, or residential land owner — and regardless of whether you need legal counsel in matters of eminent domain, tax assessment appeals, or perhaps with contract disputes or even complicated environmental issues — we are well positioned to offer exceptionally skilled service.
AV Preeminent Top Rated Lawyers of 2013
In 2013, in fact, both of the firm’s co-founders received the prestigious peer-review AV rating in Land Use and Zoning from Martindale-Hubbell. The peer review recognizes those attorneys who operate at the highest possible level of professional excellence and ethical standards.
The staff of the Rainbow Ridge Farm Equestrian Center, a private boarding and riding facility in Bucks County, would certainly agree with that designation of the firm’s dexterity. In 2013, the Center was issued a Stop Work Order during the construction of a new barn. The staff sought out our legal advice soon after. They succeeded in overturning the Stop Work Order. The owners of Valley Gate and Valley Square, both mixed use developments in the Central Bucks area would also agree that the land use lawyers at Benner and Wild played a significant role in obtaining the permits and approvals for those projects. Recently, the our attorneys brought to closure a complex transaction where we represented three landowners selling to a prominent developer in the region.
These are only a few examples of the Benner and Wild advantage: When dealing with complicated and knotty real estate issues — government approvals, or financing issues — why wouldn’t you work with lawyers who have built their firm upon the success of a high-level development practice?
To speak with us about your own land use legal issue or zoning matter, call us at 215-230-4900, or enter the details into our contact us form and we’ll get back to you promptly.