Practice areas – Land use, real property

Land, like water, is important not just to the land owner but to the community. In many circumstances, it is a subject on which people have strong views. Decisions about how land is used are important to the entire community – but must also reflect the owner’s property rights. Collaborative Processes has helped organizations in making decisions about land use, and has also worked groups in conflict about land use and real property.

Among others, we have worked on matters concerning:

  • Condemnation, value of the assets taken, long-term effects.
  • Urban growth management policies and conflict.
  • Disputes among a City and potential developers over terms of development.
  • Transportation disputes among adjoining communities.
  • Disputes over access to water facilities by communities sharing common water points.
  • Alleged breach of lease and property development agreements.
  • Alleged breach of resource agreements (exploration, gathering, mining, drilling).
  • Access, rights of way, public access, transportation/traffic.
  • Collaborative planning of growth and transportation.
  • Survey error.

Joseph McMahon was a presenter: Urban Growth Management, Challenges of Voluntary and Mandatory Approaches, 2009 Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute, Denver, March 2009.

Example engagements