Environmental, Land Use, Planning & Zoning

The Environmental Practice Group provides environmental advice and services associated with all aspects of business planning, development, and operation.

The group seeks to assure compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements and thereby avoid enforcement actions and litigation. Our area of services are described below:

Permitting Requirements & Options

Identify requirements and options for permits and authorizations necessary for business operation including air emissions controls, water withdrawals, wastewater discharges, and waste management. Advise clients on all facets related to permits and authorizations.

Stormwater Management

Advise clients on stormwater management requirements, including permits, throughout construction and in their daily operations.

Recycling Requirements

  • Environmental site assessment review

    Ensure compliance with site assessments primarily associated with innocent purchaser protections available under federal Superfund and similar state laws.

  • Brownfield redevelopment and voluntary property remediation

    Secure limitations on liability for prospective purchasers and operators of property.

  • Due diligence investigations of prospective acquisitions

    Provide advice on investigations of environmental aspects of real property and business operations prior to acquisition.

  • Wetlands protection and development

    Identify regulated wetlands and advise on compliance with requirements for development or protection of wetlands.

Regulatory Compliance

Advise clients on air, water, and waste compliance obligations.

  • Planning and Zoning

    Identify and obtain necessary land use approvals and variances under local government zoning codes, regional development impact planning regimes, and state and federal environmental policy regulations.

  • Project management

    Assist with applicable environmental requirements associated with a particular project.

We serve as counsel on various types of projects, including:

  • Wind and solar power
  • Mining and energy development
  • Electric power generation, including peaking power sources
  • Industrial development authorities
  • Iron and steel manufacture
  • Automobile manufacture
  • Local governments, including utilities boards
  • Greenfield development
  • Brownfield development
  • Construction activities

Our Attorneys

Douglas Anderson
Partner ~ Mobile, Alabama|
(251) 345-8209
(251) 706-2401
Douglas
D. Christopher Carson
Partner ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5372
(205) 244-5617
John DeBuys, Jr.
Counsel ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5290
(205) 244-5626
John
Ronald Farley
Partner ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5185
(205) 244-5633
Ronald
Deborah Fisher
Retired Partner ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5295
(205) 244-5635
Deborah
Jesse Graham
Of Counsel ~ Orlando, Florida|
(407) 540-6645
(321) 249-0526
Jesse
Jesse Graham, Jr.
Partner ~ Orlando, Florida|
(407) 540-6615
(321) 249-0525
Jesse
Scott Hitch
Counsel ~ Atlanta, Georgia|
(404) 685-4260
(404) 214-7392
Scott
Justin Kelly
Associate ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5452
(205) 244-5610
Justin
Vivien Monaco
Counsel ~ Orlando, Florida|
(407) 540-6658
(321) 249-0751
Vivien
Norman Orr
Partner ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5142
(205) 224-9453
Norman
James Pratt
Partner ~ Orlando, Florida|
(407) 540-6655
(321) 249-0702
James
Robert Rosen
Counsel ~ Orlando, Florida|
(407) 540-6612
(321) 234-0251
Robert
John Schifino
Partner ~ Tampa, Florida|
(813) 367-5739
(813) 357-3524
John
Daniel Snyder
Associate ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5417
(205) 244-5652
Daniel
Scott Steady
Partner ~ Tampa, Florida|
(813) 367-5719
(813) 357-3529
Scott
Keith Taylor
Counsel ~ Atlanta, Georgia|
(404) 685-4311
(404) 214-7380
Keith
Peter Vilmos
Partner ~ Orlando, Florida|
(407) 540-6622
(407) 650-2955
Peter

Experience Matters

Brief sentence defining representative matters.

  • EPA Inspection

    Advice in connection with EPA inspection and testing of warehouse formerly occupied by W.R. Grace and used to manufacture and store asbestos.
  • Environmental Permits

    Drafted Title V and other environmental permit applications and renewals.
  • Environmental Related Agreements

    Negotiated landfill gas sale and transportation agreements.
  • Enforcement Action

    Defense of enforcement action brought by Division of Water Pollution Control of Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.
  • Investor-Owned Utilities

    Advised an investor-owned utility regarding federal air quality control regulations, carbon sequestration project, and “green attributes” of renewable power production.

Events

March 20, 2014
“Managing Large Scale Development for the Long Term - Sector Planning in Osceola," a webcast presented by The Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee and the Environmental and Land Use Law Section
May 08, 2014
Vivien Monaco to Speak at Florida Bar's City, County and Local Government Section Seminars