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Land Use

We are particularly equipped with the legal know-how and expertise in the Land Use area that only comes from having led the team of private and government representatives that drafted Puerto Rico’s new Permits Process Reform Act Bill during 2009. This effort was led by Jorge L. San Miguel and Lillian Mateo-Santos of this Practice Group. The Bill became law on December 1, 2009, bringing significant changes to Puerto Rico’s decade’s old permitting processes. This effort was done together with the Puerto Rico Department of Economic Development and Commerce - and the Secretary of Economic Development and the Puerto Rico Planning Board, amongst multiple governmental agencies involved as well as members of the Puerto Rico Legislature.

As a result of the many years of legal and transactional experience, in addition to having helped establish the new Permits Management Office (that substituted the Permits and Rules Administration formerly known by its Spanish acronyms as “ARPE”, as a result of the December 1, 2009 law), our practice group is ideally suited to assist clients with the understanding of all aspects of zoning and planning laws and regulations existing in Puerto Rico today – at the state and municipal levels, including those municipalities that are autonomous local governments under the Autonomous Municipalities Act – as well as at the federal level.

Ferraiuoli, through this practice group, represents developers, contractors, retailers, operators and a host of other clients and businesses on land use matters from planning and design stages to operations phases, as well as in litigation scenarios, as needed. Our professionals, together with other disciplines within the firm, successfully represent clients on land acquisition negotiations, leasehold interests, financing, and strategic due diligence (real estate, environmental, general compliance, among others), among other support areas.