Legal Fundamentals Series

For most controversies relating to a proposed use of land, the local government permitting process will be the initial battleground between the project proponent and opposing persons.  Whether the government body grants or denies the land use application(s), many such battles find their way to court.  The judicial process can take years to reach a

Special assessments are used to fund all manner of local improvement projects, including road, sewer, and water improvements.  Any private landowner—residential, commercial, and even the religious—may someday receive a notice advising of a contemplated assessment against their property.  A special assessment notice is not something to be ignored.  If left unpaid, a special assessment ultimately