Mixed-Use Developments: Lessons Learned From Recent Deals

Zoning, Financing, Community Buy-In, and Other Legal Challenges

Recording of a 90-minute premium CLE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Tuesday, April 21, 2020

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Course Materials

This CLE course will outline best practices for overcoming the current legal challenges facing developers, builders, and the mixed-use development team when undertaking mixed-use projects. The panel will provide valuable insights on how to capitalize on the opportunities of mixed-use development.


Mixed-use development projects continue to be a trend in the real estate industry. Because the projects combine both commercial and residential development and construction, these deals face intricate design and building obstacles, as well as zoning, financing, public relations, and governance challenges.

Counsel can assist builders and developers in planning successful mixed-use developments while addressing land use and zoning issues and navigating financing options. By focusing on best practices, counsel can effectively address community issues and balance the wide variety of user needs and interests.

Listen as our panel of real estate attorneys discusses the principal legal challenges facing developers, builders, and the mixed-use development team when undertaking mixed-use projects. The panel will provide insights gained from recent deals on how to overcome the legal hurdles to best benefit from the opportunities mixed-use development can provide.



  1. Mixed-use development overview
  2. Lessons learned from success/designing successful mixed-use projects
  3. Obtaining project entitlements
  4. Common interest issues
  5. Drafting issues


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • What legal issues should be considered when designing mixed-use development projects?
  • What are the current zoning and subdivision issues that developers and builders encounter when seeking project entitlements?
  • What are some effective strategies for partnering with local and state governments to build mixed-use projects?
  • What drafting issues need to be addressed in mixed-use developments?
  • What practical issues should be considered when planning a mixed-use development?


Diamond, Robert
Robert M. Diamond

Senior Counsel
Reed Smith

Mr. Diamond has practiced real property law in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia for 38 years, with...  |  Read More

Scull, Nancy
Nancy T. Scull

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton

Ms. Scull's focus is on the representation of commercial, industrial, retail and residential developers in all real...  |  Read More

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