Land Use Law

Our land use attorneys provide comprehensive legal services to a broad base of clients on land use issues and regulations before federal, regional, state and local administrative agencies. We represent a range of international, national, regional and local developers. We specialize in helping clients obtain successful and profitable development approvals, including obtaining entitlements for undeveloped land and enhancing development approvals for existing projects. Typical representation includes land development and permit approvals, comprehensive plan amendments, zoning amendments, developments of regional impact, right-of-way issues, public-private partnerships (P3), and other governmental regulatory matters. We also represent clients in private property rights matters, including claims under the Bert J. Harris Act.

In conjunction with our land use representation, Blalock Walters has attorneys who can assist developers in creating homeowners and condominium association documents, as well as covenants, restrictions and easements, for commercial, residential and mixed-use projects.

Our attorneys have assisted clients with analyzing and obtaining entitlements for projects, including:

  • Regional mall
  • Power plant
  • 6,000-acre village
  • Sports arena
  • Mixed-use development
  • Residential subdivisions
  • Multi-family development
  • Major commercial centers
  • Taylor Falkner Elected to Manatee County Bar Association Board of Directors – Young Lawyers Division
    by Jill McGarry on April 26, 2023 at 2:32 pm

    PRESS RELEASE: Bradenton-Sarasota, Florida (April 26, 2023) – Blalock Walters is pleased to announce that the Manatee County Bar Association, an organization focused on improving the administration of justice and service to the public, has elected land use and local government attorney, Taylor E. Falkner, to its Young Lawyers’ Division Board of Directors. Blalock Walters

  • Two Recent Ordinance Amendments Revise Local Land Use Regulations
    by Taylor Falkner on December 21, 2022 at 3:27 pm

    The Manatee County Board of County Commissioners voted November 2, 2022 to approve two ordinances that amended the language of the Manatee County Land Development Code (LDC). The first ordinance, No. 22-67, amends the LDC as it relates to half dwelling units and an associated reduction of the required multi-family parking ratio. Similar to surrounding



Blalock Walters is uniquely qualified to serve the education industry. Our attorneys have extensive experience in representing governmental entities, including school boards. Our firm has over 20 attorneys with experience in areas of law that would be regularly utilized by the by educational institutions including a wide variety of local government issues such as budgeting, contracts, zoning and development, labor and employment, all phases of litigation, student discipline, student activity, Civil Rights, sunshine law, ethics law, special permits, and public records. Attorneys have assisted in school boards in areas related to land use, real estate and contracts. Blalock Walters also has experienced attorneys who can assist with real estate, environmental, and taxation issues.


The complexities surrounding the residential and commercial construction industry require knowledge of construction contracts, construction liens, surety bonds, building codes, financing, insurance, construction defects, delays and disruptions, regulations such as OSHA and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), wage and hours laws, permitting and land use. We provide legal services in resolving disputes concerning construction law including mediation, arbitration, and trial. Industry Resources:

Land Use Attorneys

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Mark P. Barnebey

Practice Group Leader and Principal

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Marisa J. Powers


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Scott E. Rudacille


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Taylor E. Falkner


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