Larkin Hoffman Successfully Represents Property Owners in Contested City Regulations

10/21/2009

A group of property owners in western Wisconsin learned of an airport overlay ordinance that their neighboring city planned to adopt and sought assistance from Larkin Hoffman’s Land Use team. The draft ordinance included numerous terms that raised significant concerns for the property owners, including the imposition of an uncompensated navigation easement and a non-suit covenant. These provisions could have limited substantially the future development value of the clients’ property. The Larkin Hoffman team, led by Peter Coyle, developed the legal and political strategy against the onerous provisions. Following numerous public hearings at which Larkin Hoffman raised the clients’ objections, the team was able to successfully amend the ordinance through negotiation with the city. Ultimately, the city council adopted an airport ordinance that did not include any of the contested regulations.