Tag Archives: land use law

June 4, 2021

For months, residents of a historic Phoenix neighborhood have been fighting an out-of-state developer over an apartment project. On Wednesday, the City Council voted on the proposal along the Grand Canal in the central city. Phoenix calls it the Grand Canalscape, a 12-mile system for people to safely walk, run and bike. It’s a source

May 26, 2021

This article originally appeared in Commercial Executive Magazine. Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business once again recognized prominent Arizona land use and real estate law firm Withey Morris PLC, among the best firms in Arizona, earning the highest ranking – Band 1 – in Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use practices. William F. Allison, Jason Morris

May 26, 2021

This article originally appeared in Attorney at Law. PHOENIX, AZ—Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business once again recognized prominent Arizona land use and real estate law firm Withey Morris PLC, among the best firms in Arizona, earning the highest ranking – Band 1 – in Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use practices. William F. Allison, Jason Morris

May 12, 2021

This feature originally appeared in the Phoenix Business Journal. When Adam Baugh, zoning attorney with Withey Morris PLC, took on a zoning case in Queen Creek for a build-to-rent community, he knew he had his work cut out for him. Queen Creek homeowners had vehemently rejected an apartment community for that same 26-acre parcel at

May 12, 2021

This article originally appeared in the Phoenix Business Journal. A New York-based real estate private equity fund manager and developer is investing $100 million in the Valley’s rapidly growing build-to-rent market, in which detached single-family homes are constructed in a rental community with rich amenities. GTIS Partners LP is developing a build-to-rent community in Queen

March 1, 2021

The Murphy is a planned commercial development in Gilbert designed with the nearby railroad tracks in mind. It’s name pays homage to the man who built the tracks through town. The Murphy consists of a retail complex and focal point of the neighborhood and a gathering place for the community to shop and dine. It

February 9, 2021

This article originally published in the Phoenix Business Journal. In recent years, the town has become the place where international companies want to locate, and business and government leaders say the momentum will continue. Over the course of three decades, the East Valley town of Gilbert went from what people then described as “nothing but

February 9, 2021

A resort developer is testing the waters to see if Sedona could someday soon be added to its list of other destinations across the nation. Representatives from LodgeWorks Partners were on hand virtually to give a presentation and answer questions during the Tuesday, Jan. 19, Sedona Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. Their presentation on the

January 12, 2021

Congratulations to Jason Morris and Mike Withey for their recognition as two of the Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona for 2021 by Az Business magazine!  The prestigious group is chosen by Az Business magazine’s editorial team in collaboration with industry experts. The attorneys were selected from a pool of more than 2,000 of the state’s

January 12, 2021

This article originally appeared in the January/February 2021 issue of AZRE magazine. CRE professionals share their must-have outdoor items. In October, Baugh, his daughter, and some friends from the commercial real estate world did a rim-to-rim hike at the Grand Canyon, doing a hike under a full moon during the overnight portion of the excursion.

December 23, 2020

This article originally appeared in the Phoenix Business Journal. In this Phoenix Business Journal guest column, Adam Baugh looks at the impact of Amazon’s continued expansion and its potential impact on the many empty big-box retail stores that sit empty across the region, if they were to be converted into warehouse facilities for the global

December 23, 2020

Congratulations to Jason Morris for his recognition in the 2021 edition AzBusiness Leaders magazine. Read more…

November 10, 2020

At its Oct. 20 meeting, Peoria City Council listened to a presentation on land use and zoning by attorney Jason Morris of Withey Morris PLC, then approved a requested rezoning for his client, Arrowhead RV. The council action followed the Peoria Planning Commission approving the rezoning of a the site at 11150 W. Beardsley Road

November 10, 2020

PHOENIX, AZ—U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers recognized Withey Morris PLC, a prominent Arizona land use and real estate law firm, in its 2021 edition of Best Law Firms. Firms receive recognition for “professional excellence with consistently impressive ratings from clients and peers,” according to U.S. News-Best Lawyers. For the past decade, Withey

October 8, 2020

This article originally appeared in the Paradise Valley Independent. Five Star Development has provided a sneak peek into the Palmeraie Phase II proposal — a luxury mixed-use project sitting just east of Paradise Valley town limits — that will serve as a connection between the Ritz-Carlton resort and the city of Scottsdale. The Palmeraie Phase

October 7, 2020

This article originally appeared in the Phoenix Business Journal. An industrial metal supplier that caters to a variety of customers, from artists to hospitals, is growing its Phoenix footprint and plans more hiring to accommodate its growth. Los Angeles-based Industrial Metal Supply recently completed a rezoning to construct a new Phoenix location that will total

October 3, 2020

According to historians, the oldest cartographic relic is the Babylonian World Map, a 600 B.C. clay design depicting landforms and water features of the ancient world. Over 2,600 years later, Google Maps provides precise geographical context, location and detail using satellite imagery. Examine the Withey Morris Project Map using Google’s technology, and the full scale,

September 15, 2020

This article originally appeared in the September/October issue of AZRE magazine.   The Loop 303 may soon be renamed Merit Partners Parkway if the developer keeps doing what it has been doing along the West Valley freeway. Merit Partners is one of the developers developing the PV 303, a 1600 acre business park that spans

September 11, 2020

This article originally appeared in the Phoenix Business Journal. As opportunities for large-scale developments within the city of Scottsdale have become harder to come by, developers and builders have turned their focus east, to the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, which has quickly become a destination for a slew of commercial projects.  In the past

September 8, 2020

This article originally appeared in the Phoenix Business Journal. Stockdale Capital Partners LLC, a Los Angeles-based real estate investment firm with a rapidly growing presence in metro Phoenix, has received zoning approval for a boutique apartment complex in downtown Scottsdale. Plans call for building a $25 million, 3-story structure that would include 54 units atop

September 8, 2020

A new 54-unit multifamily residential proposal received a split 4-3 vote by the City Council to provide a small pocket of housing in Old Town Scottsdale. The tight Council vote was rendered on Aug. 24, after the project receiving unanimous recommendations from the Development Review Board and Planning Commission this summer. Called Canalside, owners Stockdale

September 1, 2020

By Adam Baugh  At the beginning of COVID, when the world suddenly halted in March, my children and I decided to build a bike shed.  It was a great time bonding with my daughters, but the end product looked nothing like the fancy shed we intended. Corners weren’t square, hinges didn’t close evenly, and several wood boards

August 27, 2020

A new apartment project is planned for a vacant plot of land in downtown Scottsdale. The project, named Canalside for its proximity to the Arizona Canal, is scheduled to go before to the City Council for approval on August 24. According to plans filed with the city, Canalside will include 54 apartment units in a

August 21, 2020

PICACHO — Nestled in the shadow of Picacho Peak, an area recreational vehicle and manufactured home park is poised to nearly double in size with the addition of new upscale residences, larger sites and more amenities. Read more….

August 21, 2020

From “Ones To Watch” to “Lawyer of The Year,” Arizona’s Top Land Use Law and Real Estate Law Firm Bestowed With Top Honors PHOENIX, AZ – Best Lawyers in America® 2021 recognized every land use and zoning attorney from Withey Morris PLC, a prominent Arizona land use and real estate law firm for more than

August 18, 2020

A Phoenix-based developer instrumental in the Red Bull and White Claw facilities being built in the West Valley has closed on a 614-acre parcel of land in Glendale that will be the site of a $1.5 billion logistics park development.  The parcel at the southwest corner of Bethany Home Road and Loop 303 is part

July 23, 2020

This article originally appeared in the Phoenix Business Journal The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday to approve a controversial development on the former Falcon Golf Club. The project will be a cross-dock truck facility for FedEx, according to public documents. Plans submitted to the county call for two phases of development. The development’s

July 21, 2020

MK Company Inc., recently submitted plans to the City of Phoenix for a new multifamily development, known as Metro Lofts, at the NEC of Dunlap and 29th Avenues.  The site is located on approximately 7.32 acres at 9201 N. 29th Avenue, and is immediately adjacent to the Arizona Canal, “which is envisioned as a regional amenity and

July 21, 2020

The Goodyear City Council recently approved a rezoning of approximately 27 acres at the NEC of Cotton Lane and Elwood Street at its August 19th meeting, for the development of a new multifamily community. Applicant, Withey Morris, PLC, on behalf of developer, Vita Communities, requested to amend the El Cidro Planned Area Development on that property from Low-Medium Density

July 15, 2020

This article originally appeared in AZRE magazine. Jason Morris established himself and the law firm that he co-founded as one of the top land use, real estate and zoning minds in the Valley. Withey Morris PLC may be one of the more highly-respected firms that developers turn to when they need help getting approval for

July 1, 2020

Glendale annexed the 865-acre Allen Ranches property this week, the city’s second-largest addition in 25 years, and approved a controversial housing development within it. Southwest Valley residents who opposed increasing the allowed density on the 250-acre housing development within Allen Ranches won a victory earlier this month when the Glendale Planning Commission rejected the developer’s

June 25, 2020

Boise, Idaho-based Hawkins Cos. is in the midst of rezoning a downtown Phoenix parcel that will pay tribute to Lincoln Ragsdale, a prominent Phoenix civil rights leader and previous owner of the site. Plans call for building a five-story multifamily property with ground floor retail at the northwest corner of Washington and 12th streets that

June 25, 2020

Adam Baugh:  We’ve been quick to pivot. All public city meetings have been cancelled. Not just public hearings (Planning & Zoning, City Council, and neighbor meetings) but even ongoing, daily staff meetings where we resolve site plan and land use issues by working with staff.  Face-to-face neighbor outreach is paused which makes it difficult to

June 25, 2020

The city of Phoenix and several other governmental agencies around the country have extended development deadlines to give developers and businesses increased flexibility during the pandemic. Here’s how the new guidelines break down, from construction permits and plan reviews to preliminary plats. Read more…

May 11, 2020

A controversial condominium tower four years in the making has received unanimous approval from the Phoenix City Council. At a virtual zoning hearing that lasted about two hours on May 6, Council gave the green light to Scottsdale-based Sunbelt Holdings Inc. to build an $85 million condominium on what currently is a parking lot at

May 11, 2020

While many investors and developers are waiting out the pandemic before making any major business decisions, some Valley lawyers said now might be the best time for property owners to look at increasing the value of their land, either through rezoning to a more valuable use or taking a look at existing entitlements. “There were

April 14, 2020

COVID-19 has altered all of our businesses and daily lives. Because of this impact, it’s vital to stay nimble and adaptive when considering new norms – and look for opportunities to improve your business practices. One prime example is our approach to conducting neighbor meetings. Our firm, Withey Morris PLC, a land use and zoning

April 14, 2020

Michael Withey and Jason Morris, founding partners of prominent Phoenix land use and zoning firm Withey Morris, were named two of Arizona’s 2020 Top 100 lawyers by AZ Business magazine. Withey Morris is the only firm with two land use attorneys with this prestigious honor. Attorneys were selected from a pool of more than 2,000

April 14, 2020

If you grew up in Phoenix, you’re likely familiar with the cultural activity of cruising Central Avenue. For decades before the advent of social media, teen entertainment in the Valley often turned to motoring along Central. It was a way to meet other teenagers and find out where the parties were. It was a place

April 14, 2020

One of the largest national multifamily developers is in escrow to buy a run-down hotel on Camelback Road and Fifth Avenue in midtown Phoenix, with plans to raze the vacant structure to build luxury apartments. Alliance Residential Co. received zoning approval to raze Hotel 502 at 502 W. Camelback Road, to build a 280-unit luxury

March 11, 2020

More Arizona homebuilders are flocking to develop single-family residences used as rentals,known as hybrids. Find out why this market niche is growing so quickly. Phoenix is ground zero for a rapidly growing hybrid rental housing product that’s catching the attention of national homebuilders. Read more…

February 20, 2020

Chantell Nighswonger has operated her boutique, Vida Moulin, at 16th Street and Bethany Home Road for about four years, but as rents in the area began to rise, she and her husband, Kevin Cieszkowski, decided to move the boutique into a building they could own. “I started reaching out to friends, and thought, ‘Why not

February 20, 2020

Leaders in one West Valley community seeded ground for an innovative residential development, which some hope — and others fear — will bring much-needed affordable housing. But the project’s potential impact proved a point of contention, with some residents claiming the project will attract poor people and crime and drive down their property properties. Developers

February 20, 2020

Phoenix, Arizona – ​Withey Morris​, a prominent Arizona land use law firm for more than 20 years, brought on planner ​Hannah Bleam​, AICP from the City of Phoenix. Hannah is a planner specializing in land use, site development, community outreach, and entitlements. Her unique experience in both the public and nonprofit sectors have provided her

December 6, 2019

Jason Morris named one of Arizona’s business leaders and innovators in AZBusiness Magazine. Read the issue.

November 21, 2019

Miami-based Lennar Corp. (NYSE: LEN) is in escrow to buy one of the last remaining large parcels of land in Gilbert. The deal to acquire 90 acres is expected to close within the next couple of weeks, said Ed Grant, executive vice president of Scottsdale Investment Management, who is selling the land to the nation’s largest

November 21, 2019

A planned commercial development in Gilbert is designed with nearby railroad tracks in mind and was named to pay homage to the man who built the tracks through town. “This is a really small, weird-shaped property, and these properties get looked over time and time again,” said Adam Baugh, an attorney with Withey Morris who is

November 4, 2019

This year’s Fall Forum issue is one of Commercial Executive Magazine’s most powerful issues to date. Read about the incredible Arizona icons on our cover and how they have fostered change to create a bigger, better, booming Arizona. Featuring: Larry Van Tuyl, Dr. Michael Crow, Karrin Taylor Robson, Erik Olsson, and moderator Jason Morris. Read

October 30, 2019

There is a phrase everybody knows: Buyer Beware. Ironically, one of the fatal mistakes a developer can make is purchasing an online zoning summary report (ZR) from a national vendor and assume that covers the breadth and depth of a site’s zoning entitlements and issues. Read more…

September 19, 2019

Two well-known Scottsdale buildings will face the wrecking ball this fall. Papago Plaza is the city’s oldest shopping center. The pink Pueblo-inspired plaza near McDowell and Scottsdale roads is expected to soon come down. A demolition permit from the city is pending staff approval, according to the city. Read more…