St. Augustine, Beach and Ponte Vedra Development and Land Use Attorney/Lawyer

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St. Johns Law Group’s land use attorneys have extensive experience with development and obtaining development rights. Our attorneys regularly help clients with due diligence investigation, contract evaluation, permitting, zoning, and often continue that representation through project completion. When necessary, our attorneys can also litigate (appeals or petitions for certiorari) local government denials of land use applications. We have also assisted clients in invoking the alternative dispute resolution process provided for under Florida law.

Prior to forming St. Johns Law Group, Doug Burnett was an Assistant County Attorney in St. Augustine. As a result, Mr. Burnett is intimately familiar with the inner-workings of local St. Johns County government. He also stays up-to-date on the latest trends and case law while serving as City Attorney for the City of St. Augustine Beach.

Due to the inherently political nature of land use work, the firm has expanded its representation of clients on sensitive development projects to also include representation of clients on government contracts and requests for proposals.


  • Developments of Regional Impact (DRI)
  • Planned Unit Developments (PUD)
  • Planned Rural Developments (PRD)
  • Zoning and Rezonings
  • Special Use Permits
  • Conditional Use Permits
  • Comprehensive Plan Amendments
  • Transportation Concurrency
  • School Concurrency
  • Development Agreements
  • Proportionate Fair Share Agreements
  • Utility Agreements
  • Impact Fee Credit Agreements
  • Appeals of Land Use Denials

St. Johns Law Group’s attorneys have been instrumental in obtaining approval for many of the Concurrency Agreements and Development Agreements approved in St. Johns County, including agreements that creatively overcame challenges and set new precedent. We understand traffic and school concurrency issues and have extensive experience drafting and negotiating proportionate fair share agreements.