Zoning, Land Use, Tax Incentives & Planning


“…strong capabilities in zoning and land use issues…”

— Chambers USA

No two land use and zoning projects are the same, so it’s essential to obtain tailored legal advice that’s designed to meet the specific needs of your business. This requires a thorough understanding of regulatory, agency, and political environments to develop the appropriate strategy.

Blank Rome’s real estate team has helped clients navigate zoning and land use regulations and the state and local politics involved in procuring approvals for all types of real estate projects.

From large mixed-use community projects to the adaptive reuse of urban manufacturing facilities to a small project only requiring a special use permit, our attorneys can help you find the right approach to clear hurdles and pave your way to completion. Should you be challenged with eminent domain and condemnation concerns, we have experience representing property owners in securing multimillion dollar condemnation awards.

Our clients include:

  • developers
  • major colleges and universities
  • major international hotel operators and developers
  • national retail REITs
  • professional sports teams
  • national food and pharmacy chains
  • religious organizations
  • art institutions

We provide an integrated approach leveraging the knowledge of a diverse team to advise on the environmental, construction, financing, acquisition, and disposition issues that can affect the evaluation and approval of zoning and land use applications.

How We Can Help

  • research of existing land use ordinances
  • preparation of applications for conditional use or zoning variances, if necessary
  • services to secure amendments of zoning or land use ordinances, and rezoning and master plan changes
  • representation before zoning and planning boards or commissions, and city councils

What Sets Us Apart

  • National and regional Tier 1 rankings in U.S. News & World Report–Best Lawyers® 2017 “Best Law Firms” for Real Estate Law.
  • Chambers USA 2017 recognized practice and individual attorney rankings for Real Estate Law. Our real estate attorneys have been ranked in Chambers USA every year for the last five years.
  • Clients tell Chambers USA researchers:
    • “Acts for an impressive list of leading financial institutions, as well as owners, developers and REITs. Possesses strong capabilities in zoning and land use issues and also regularly called upon for its expertise in restructuring work and tax assessment matters”
    • "Blank Rome's work is high quality and superb value for money. I think they are excellent and I'm happy to use them."


  • Represented a national hotel developer in connection with its adaptive re-use development of two new hotels in Center City, Philadelphia including assisting in obtaining government incentives.
  • Represented The Barnes Foundation, a world-renowned art institution, in connection with the development of its new Philadelphia museum.
  • Represented the Church of Latter-Day Saints in connection with the development of its first Philadelphia Temple on the Philadelphia Parkway.
  • Represented The Philadelphia Eagles, an NFL football team, in connection with the development and upgrading of its football stadium and practice facility location in Philadelphia.
  • Represented Chestnut Hill College in connection with development and appraisal of its Campus Master Plan.
  • Represented a major university in connection with its land use and development programming.
  • Represented a national retail convenience food chain and a national retail pharmacy chain in connection with all their developments in Philadelphia.