As your advocates, we monitor county, state, and federal legislation that may impact government operations and opportunities.
We regularly draft legislation for our clients for introduction in the General Assembly, including legislation dealing with eminent domain, affordable housing, zoning hearing requirements, environmental matters, design review, TIF extensions, and liquor matters. Because of our extensive government client base, we can often deliver these types of services with particular economy and efficiency by serving our clients jointly on matters of mutual concern. We also regularly assist clients in implementing programs arising from new and changed legislation. As an example, we have developed and regularly update “template” forms for responding to Freedom of Information Act requests.
We understand the importance and opportunities of intergovernmental cooperation. We have drafted and negotiated many intergovernmental agreements that allow our clients to cooperate with other units of state and local government.
These agreements include comprehensive multi-jurisdictional stormwater utility programs; sharing of police, fire, and other public safety and government services and personnel; joint purchasing and bidding; electrical aggregation bidding and contracting; joint land planning; establishment of agreed government boundary lines; sharing and allocation of tax revenue; sharing of public facilities; transfers of road jurisdictions; emergency water interconnections; and the mutual exchange of easements or other property rights.
We have also worked extensively on public safety and dispatch services intergovernmental cooperation projects and consolidations. And we have drafted and negotiated intergovernmental agreements creating multi-jurisdictional consortiums for airport authorities and for the purpose of securing significant federal appropriations for regional stormwater improvements.