Local Government, Land Use & Zoning

Hornthal, Riley, Ellis & Maland attorneys serve as counsel to a number of local municipalities, including cities, towns and counties.  The Firm also serves as approved counsel for the N.C. League of Municipalities and regularly handles municipal litigation in State and Federal courts.

Hornthal, Riley, Ellis & Maland, LLP attorneys also regularly advise municipalities and counties on zoning and land use issues and work on behalf of property owners and developers to assist them in receiving zoning, subdivision, and other permitting approvals.  The Firm’s attorneys also assist commercial and residential developers in obtaining or opposing local government decisions relating to zoning, permitting, variances, annexations, special/conditional use permits, site plan approvals, subdivision approvals and road closings. In performing these tasks, the Firm’s attorneys often sit with or appear before municipal boards, county boards, planning boards and boards of adjustment to represent their clients’ interests.

Our attorneys also represent municipalities, counties, private landowners and developers in a variety of litigation matters involving land use issues in state and federal courts.  These issues include, among numerous other things, vested rights, constitutional matters, zoning ordinance interpretations, re-zonings, variances, and special/conditional use permits.