Land Use Code Consultant and Litigation Support
Many cities, towns and counties substantially revised their development regulations and permit processing requirements after the adoption of the Growth Management Act and the Regulatory Reform Act – over 15 years ago. Since then, a number of these local governments may have amended the codes on a piece-meal basis or not at all, resulting in problems with permit processing and issuance. Code amendments are usually put off because the process can be time-consuming and expensive.
However, Morris Law has drafted a “model code” that can serve as the basis for those regulatory chapters in a local government’s development regulations that must be generally uniform and consistent with state law. Use of this model code will eliminate the substantial amount of time the city attorney would spend drafting the necessary revisions, and time would be spent only on customization of the code for the local jurisdiction. In addition, use of a model code saves the local jurisdiction money over the long run, through updates provided through an optional subscription service. Updates would be triggered by changes in statutory and case law, and would provide the local jurisdiction with ready-to-adopt code amendments in the form of draft ordinances.
Some local jurisdictions might simply do what they do now when a code amendment is required – copy from the Morris Law model code off the internet, once it has been adopted a city. However, purchase of the model code also includes the annotated version. In other words, the local jurisdiction can adopt the model code, but refer to the annotated and copyrighted version to find references statutory and case law, as well as practice tips.