A development agreement is a contract between the developer and the city that governs the relationship of the two parties with respect to the development process. Typically these agreements establish the regulatory standards that will govern the development of the master-planned community and limit the city’s ability to alter those regulations during the term of the agreement. Issues commonly addressed in development agreements include: the provision of utility service, the construction and maintenance of public infrastructure; annexation; and building and land use regulations.
The lawyers at Olson & Olson, LLP are uniquely equipped to represent a city’s interests in negotiating development agreements. The firm has represented Texas municipalities and other units of local government for more than 35 years, and our lawyers and other professionals have a deep understanding of how Texas cities function and of the consequences of contractual agreements that limit a city’s authority over development activity.
Our firm also has specific experience in negotiating the various types of agreements that are common to the development process, including:
Municipal Utility Agreements
Development Standards Agreements
Strategic Partnership Agreements
When you are presented with an opportunity to work with a developer for a master-planned community in or near your City, our lawyers are ready to provide the expert legal services you need.