Without zoning in Houston, few law firms in the Texas and the Gulf Coast region fully understand and practice Land Use Law. Wilson Cribbs + Goren is considered the preeminent land use law firm for private landowners and developers in the area. Our Land Use attorneys continually handle land use law issues relating to acquisition, development, modernization and expansion of real estate improvements of all types.
Reid Wilson is an acknowledged expert in Texas Land Use Law and is a frequent speaker on related topics. Mr. Wilson chaired the Houston Bar Association Zoning Study Group, which critiqued the unsuccessful 1993 Houston Zoning Ordinance. He has chaired the University of Texas Law Land Use Planning Conference on two different occasions.
Omar Izfar, who worked for the City of Houston’s Legal Department for nearly a decade before joining the firm in 2016, assists clients with complex land use and zoning issues in connection with commercial, industrial, and large-scale residential development projects. Numerous cities in the metro-Houston area and along the Texas Gulf Coast have zoning laws. Although Houston lacks formal zoning laws, it has a sophisticated set of land use controls that affect subdivision platting, permitting, and other regulation of real estate development. In addition to assistance with navigation of complex governmental limitations on land use and development, Omar assists clients with collaboration with governmental entities in the formation of public private partnerships and other governmental incentives in development projects.
We have experience not only with the City of Houston (an un-zoned home rule city), but also all Houston area suburban cities (virtually all zoned) as well as all other major Texas metropolitan areas.