Land Use & Planning
What We Do


Conditional Zonings

Conditional Use Permits

Special Use Permits

Letters of Zoning Compliance


Water/Sewer Use Agreements

Appeals of Notices of Violation

Eminent Domain and Condemnation


Street Closings

Land Use & Planning

Every zoning and land use matter is different. The nuances and details of each project matter. Our attorneys use their experience and creativity to craft individual approaches to each unique project. We believe that asking the right question, in the right way, at the right time, of the right decision maker can save the client significant time and money. We regularly represent developers and interest holders in legislative, administrative and quasi-judicial matters in front of city and county elected and appointed officials. We also represent parties on appeal in front of Boards of Adjustment, and North Carolina Trial and Appellate Courts.

The leader of our Land Use & Planning section, Derek Allen, has twice been recognized by Best Lawyers® as Land Use & Zoning “Lawyer of the Year” for Western North Carolina in 2015 and 2020.


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From left to right: Derek J. Allen, Robert C. "Bo" Carpenter, Damie A. Sesay, and Jesse M. Swords