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Environmental & Land Use Zoning

Environmental & Land Use Zoning

Our clients deal with an ever-growing and changing set of regulations and restrictions affecting our environment and use of land or resources. Complex application of science and law often give rise to disputes in this area. Land use laws control or limit how a property owner or renter may operate a business, farm, or make other use of land, including as a home or for recreational property. Certain environmental laws also address matters for those who do not own or rent land. Every area of commerce is subject to regulations that are intended to prevent harm to the environment or harmful effects to others. Administrative agencies in the state or federal government have specialized personnel who enforce such laws. We counsel clients throughout the region on areas of environmental law and land use law. Projects requiring an environmental assessment, environmental impact statement, or other studies have been guided by Cutler Law Firm, LLP. Local approval or enforcement actions or actions by the Environmental Protection Agency or other federal agencies require representation by those with appropriate expertise.

We have experience to assist clients in the following areas:

  • Administrative agency representation and appeals
  • Agricultural restrictions and limitations
  • Alternative energy production
  • Citations or enforcement actions and related issues
  • Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, CERCLA, RCRA, FIFRA, OPA, NEPA, and other federal laws
  • Confined Animal Feeding Operations, general livestock production, and agricultural regulation
  • Drainage, flooding, and control of surface water
  • Environmental assessments, environmental impact statements, and permitting
  • Ethanol production
  • Land use and commercial or recreational activities
  • Mineral rights, oil and gas exploration, and other natural resources issues
  • Pollution and claims for damage to land, air or water
  • Water law, including wetland regulation
  • Wind generation