Byron Flagg, a member of the firm’s Real Estate + Development Group, handles land use permitting and litigation.
Land Use Permitting
Mr. Flagg represents businesses and developers before municipal land use boards and commissions to help clients secure necessary approvals for their projects. He handles planning, zoning, and wetlands permits and applications. He has represented private property owners in North Central Florida before local government boards for site plan applications, cell tower variances, special use permits, building permits, zoning matters, and flood plain issues.
Mr. Flagg has conducted in-depth legal review and analysis on environmental resource permit applications for several large-scale projects in Florida, including waterfront resort development, a private rocket manufacturing plant at NASA Kennedy Space Center’s “Exploration Park,” a post-storm shoreline restoration effort, and wetland mitigation banks.
Land Use – Litigation
Mr. Flagg handles litigation related to land use and property rights, including appeals of zoning and permit decisions.
He litigated a constitutional property rights claim involving flooding and inverse condemnation against local governments, and has litigated private easement rights disputes. He also has handled litigation involving property issues and regulatory enforcement actions.
Prior to joining Robinson+Cole, Mr. Flagg was an assistant general counsel for the St. Johns River Water Management District (a state agency that manages water resources and regulates wetlands across 18 counties), where he represented the district in litigation and regulatory matters. Before that, he worked for several years as a land use and environmental lawyer, representing private property owners in Florida in front of local government boards for land use applications, as well as serving as counsel to municipalities on comprehensive planning matters and land development regulation revision. He is a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard who was called to active duty following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is also a former Assistant State Attorney who represented the state of Florida in felony and misdemeanor criminal prosecutions. He served as State Attorney Representative on the Alachua County Environmental Crimes Task Force, a role which involved regularly advising state, county, and city code enforcement officers.