Land use decisions are increasingly driven by growth and environmental concerns as communities grapple with the benefits and strains of development. Local governments are tasked with balancing the benefit of revenues generated by growth with the increasing burden of providing the public services and infrastructure to support it. In addition, environmental issues related to development and other projects can also draw the watchful eye of a state’s environmental agency or the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).Whether it's a developer's proposal or a utility's plans to support it, the emergence of sophisticated organized opposition to new development increasingly calls for grassroots and grasstops mobilization, public relations, and government relations support to achieve success. McGuireWoods Consulting has assembled a cross-disciplinary team to assist clients with all aspects of real estate development and environmental projects.
The McGuireWoods and McGuireWoods Consulting affordable housing team offers the knowledge, experience and strategic insights clients need to navigate the challenging regulations and policies that shape this sector. Drawing on decades of collective experience, lawyers and consultants offer guidance on affordable and mixed-income/mixed-use housing and community development matters. Members of the affordable housing team represent multifamily agency lenders pursuant to the Fannie Mae Multifamily Affordable Housing and Freddie Mac Optigo Lender Targeted Affordable Housing programs, as well as mortgage banking and mortgage brokerage services and letter of credit-backed construction bond transactions. The team also represents clients ranging from closely held, community-based businesses and governmental entities to Fortune 100 companies.
The distinctive value our team brings to solving major public policy challenges lies not only in our ability to help clients craft workable policy proposals, but in the design of sophisticated, multifaceted message development and issue advocacy strategies that successfully convert the proposals into law. Our experience includes representing manufactured housing industry, creating and expanding tax credits for affordable housing, landlord-tenant regulation, finding opportunities for public-private and housing finance opportunities for developers and equity funds, property evaluation structures and successful land use entitlement applications.