Eminent Domain & Land Use

Eminent Domain & Land Use

Vandeventer Black’s Eminent Domain & Land Use team represents clients ranging from individual property owners and small businesses to developers, large companies, utilities and municipalities.

Our land use experience is all-encompassing and includes zoning and planning matters such as obtaining or appealing variance requests and special and conditional use permits. Vandeventer Black attorneys have a wealth of experience with restrictive covenant issues, site plan development and approvals, contract interpretation, all land use and title litigation, commercial and residential development, public utilities, and municipalities.  We also work with title insurance companies investigating claims made by property owners and lenders on a variety of issues such as boundary & easement disputes as well as right-of-way disagreements.

We have successfully represented landowners in litigation by DOT when their property was taken for creation and expansion of roads and highways. On the condemnor side, we assist our public utilities and local government clients with all aspects related to condemnation, including attempts to acquire the property before condemnation, trial preparation, settlement negotiations, and retaining and working closely with other experts such as engineers and appraisers.

Our work with real estate developers is varied and ranges from planned communities to shopping center acquisitions/development to outparcel development. Our attorneys are experienced in handling property acquisitions and dispositions, construction and permanent financing, asset-based financing, mezzanine financing, complex commercial financing (including private equity financing), zoning compliance and all phases of the development process.

Articles
Easements by Estoppel in Virginia
Vandeventer Black
The theory of easements by estoppel may be an invaluable tool in a property dispute. Each of the many other theories available to a land owner to establish an easement comes with its own challenges. Express easements must be found in the deed or chain of title; easements by prescription ...
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Vandeventer Black Keeps Leaving an Imprint in the Hampton Roads Community
Vandeventer Black
The Firm has raised more than $82k for United Way of South Hampton Roads in 5 years Vandeventer Black joined efforts with the United Way of South Hampton Roads 2017 Annual Campaign. This year, the firm raised a total of $17,260 through employee contributions, and sponsorships. This amount will help ...
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Valuing Rights Taken
Vandeventer Black
The applicable measure of damages in a condemnation proceeding for the court and jury is the DIFFERENCE between the fair market value of the ENTIRE TRACT immediately prior to the taking and the fair market value of the REMAINDER immediately after the taking.  The only situation in which the fair ...
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