When the fight gets tough, Tune, Entrekin & White gets in the fight. In land development, the cliche “time is money” is reality. Zoning regulations and land use planning law has become one of the most complex and technical areas of real estate law over the last 30 years. Our firm has a wealth of experience representing zoning property owners, home builders and developers, as well as large and small businesses spanning dozens of industries and homeowners associations in navigating state and local regulations that restrict the use of private property. We help our clients win land-use fights by handing the politics of the entitlement process.

Whether our clients seek to sell land, buy land, preserve their land for future generations or develop their land in the short term, Tune, Entrekin & White has the experience to guide you strategically to accomplish your objective. In addition, the firm represents local governments (cities, towns, and counties) in adopting reasonable regulations and ordinances. The firm also represents local governments in litigation, arguing to uphold the zoning regulations which have been adopted by the local jurisdiction. This practice area covers the Middle Tennessee region and beyond, including the counties of Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Maury, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson, Wilson, and others.

Nashville Zoning Map and Text Changes

Our firm is often involved in proposing or defending against zoning changes which will affect our clients’ property. We deal with the Metro Nashville Council on a regular basis and are extremely experienced in working with members of that body in order to accomplish the goals of our clients.

Metro Nashville Board of Zoning Appeals

Our firm also has an extensive practice before the Metro Nashville Board of Zoning Appeals, Planning Commission, Historic Zoning Commission, Beer Board and other regulatory bodies. We frequently appear before the board representing our clients both in requesting appropriate permits and objecting to permits sought by others which may have an adverse impact on our clients properties. Our firm is thoroughly familiar with all of the rules and regulations governing the procedures of the various Boards and commissions and members of our firm have conducted continuing education seminars for the Board of zoning appeals and its staff.

Metro Nashville Boards & Commissions

The Metro Nashville Planning Commission is an integral part of the legislative process necessarily involved in changing or reaffirming zoning regulations. As a result, our firm members are frequently in front of the commission, are extremely knowledgeable concerning the rules and regulations of the commission, and work with the commission in order to find not only appropriate rules and regulations for the current development environment in Nashville, but also work with the commission in an effort to help guide future planning for new development in our great city of Nashville.

Metro Nashville Board of Zoning Appeals

Variances in Tennessee, and Nashville in particular, are difficult to obtain because of the very interesting history of variance enabling legislation here in our state. Our firm, however, has been at the forefront of legal research and writing with regarding variances in Nashville and greater Tennessee. The members of the firm have a vast knowledge concerning this area of practice and appear in front of the Metro Nashville Zoning Appeals frequently requesting appropriate relief through the variance mechanism as well as nonconforming uses and structures.

Conditional Uses and the Metro Nashville Board of Zoning Appeals

Conditional land uses, also known as special exception land uses, can be an extremely confusing area of land use planning, zoning and site development. Our firm has been involved in a number of the leading cases involving conditional use permits here in Nashville and across Tennessee over the last 25 years. The firm’s expertise in this area helps our clients to confirm and obtain appropriate uses of their property and often favorable interpretations of current zoning restrictions.

Subdivisions, Specific Plans, and Planned Developments in Metro Nashville

The firm also works on large projects including residential and commercial subdivisions, specific plan development, and planned developments. Often, these types of projects require important discussions between the property owners and members of the staff, either at the Metro Nashville Council or the Metro Nashville Planning Commission. By virtue of the firm’s long-established practice in this area, our experience in working with and successfully obtaining appropriate permits has enabled our clients to appropriately use their properties in the context of the ever changing and developing land use regulations.

TEW service as a client’s consultant team, typically leading the collaborative efforts of the architect, the engineer and other design professionals to achieve development project approval.

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