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Overview

Nicole is a fantastic associate to watch. She is very bright and has a great career ahead of her as a top land use attorney.

- Chambers USA 2023

Nicole counsels clients on a wide-range of complex land use, permitting and entitlement issues. She has considerable experience representing developers and property owners before local, regional, and state agencies, courts and elected bodies on a wide range of complex land use permitting and entitlement issues, including comprehensive plans and amendments, rezonings, variances, development agreements, Development of Regional Impact (DRI) review and rescission, and other related aspects of securing development authorizations. Nicole also represents clients in circuit court and appellate litigation on a variety of land development matters related to obtaining, challenging, and defending development approvals.

Nicole has particular knowledge regarding all aspects of Florida’s Senate Bill 102: “Live Local Act,” which provides developers with land use and tax incentives to construct affordable and workforce housing throughout the State of Florida.

Nicole is recognized as the only “Associate to Watch” in Zoning/Land Use: North & Central Florida by Chambers USA, the most prestigious independent legal ranking.

Areas of Concentration: 

Land Development

  • Florida’s Senate Bill 102 - Live Local Act
  • Local government permitting – comprehensive plan amendments, rezonings, variances, special exceptions, code enforcement, permitting, development order applications and presentations
  • Development incentives – Missing Middle ad valorem tax abatement, statutory and local density bonuses, graywater density bonuses
  • Growth management, land use and zoning law – permitting, compliance, enforcement and litigation
  • Concurrency for schools, transportation, and infrastructure
  • Development agreements – between private parties and with public, government entities
  • Developments of Regional Impact (DRI)
  • Land development, short and long-term strategic planning and asset positioning
  • Extension of local and state development approvals due to natural emergencies

Land Use & Property Rights Litigation

  • Challenges to development order denials
  • Third party appeals of development order approvals
  • Code enforcement
  • Property rights and civil rights challenges to local government actions
  • Florida Land Use and Environmental Dispute Resolution actions
  • Challenges of agricultural tax classification (greenbelting) denials

During law school, Nicole served as a law clerk in the Firm’s Tampa office. Prior to law school, she worked for a Fortune 500 company in the Real Estate Asset Management department, where she reviewed and summarized title, declarations of covenants, conditions, and restrictions, and easements for company-owned shopping centers. Nicole also worked for the same company in its retail operations throughout high school and college.

Representative Experience

  • Land use and environmental counsel for The Related Urban, Related Group’s affordable housing arm and one of the largest affordable housing developers, for two of the largest redevelopment projects in Tampa today, West River and Rome Yard. Working with the City on comprehensive plan amendments, rezonings, platting, permitting, development agreements, and maintenance agreement issues.
  • Assists client with disputes with local government, state agencies, and several citizens regarding one of the largest projects in Northern Pasco County land use and environmental permitting approvals.
  • Assists client with due diligence review of land use entitlements and analysis of real estate implications for warehouse and distribution facility sites across Florida.
  • Successfully defended third party challenge to a variance approval in the City of St. Petersburg.
  • Successfully overturned a local government decision denying the grandfathering of an intensive commercial use, paving the way to achieve a favorable rezoning of the property.
  • Negotiated hold harmless and development agreements for complicated mixed use project in the City of St. Petersburg.

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Tampa Bay, 2021-Present
    • Economic Summit Committee, 2023-Present
    • Membership Committee, 2021-2023
  • Hillsborough Association of Women Lawyers (HAWL), 2021-Present
  • Junior League of Tampa, 2020-Present
    • Gasparilla Committee, 2023-Present
    • Public Affairs Committee, 2023-Present

Recognition

  • Chambers USA, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use (North & Central Florida), Associate to Watch, 2023

Publications & Presentations

Affordable Housing News Update, Government Affairs News Update, Land Development News Update, Publications: Rotunda Report Week 6 | February 12-16, 2024
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|February 2024

Events: Navigating Affordable Housing Law
Florida Housing Coalition|February 2024

Affordable Housing News Update, Land Development News Update, Publications: Florida Housing Finance Corporation Releases New Frequently Asked Questions for the Missing Middle Ad Valorem Tax Certification Program
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|December 2023

Events: Navigating The Country’s Boldest Housing Supply Legislation: Florida’s Live Local Act
Cafe Con Tampa|November 2023

Events: We Have Adopted a Comprehensive Plan, Now What? Implementing your Comprehensive Plan Through Adversity & Conflict while Managing Legal Implications of Tough Policy Decisions
2023 Florida Planning Conference|September 2023

Events: Land and Golf Course Redevelopment: Opportunities and Challenges
37th Annual Environmental Permitting Summer School|July 2023

Government Affairs News Update, Land Development News Update, Publications: What's Developing | Summer 2023
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|July 2023

Events: WEBINAR: SB102 “The Live Local Act”
Stearns Weaver Miller Webinar|May 2023

Land Development News Update, Publications: What's Developing | Winter 2023
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|March 2023

Land Development News Update, Publications: Hillsborough County Proposes Significant Updates to Comprehensive Plan
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|October 2022

Land Development News Update, Publications: What's Developing | Summer 2022
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|September 2022

Government Affairs News Update, Land Development News Update, Publications: Hillsborough County Proposes Significant Updates to Comprehensive Plan
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|July 2022

Government Affairs News Update, Land Development News Update, Publications: What’s Developing | Spring 2022
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|May 2022

Land Development News Update, Publications: Spring Brings an End to Freezing Temperatures— and an Opportunity to Extend Your Development Permits
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|April 2022

Government Affairs News Update, Land Development News Update, Publications: What’s Developing | Winter 2022
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|February 2022

Land Development News Update, Publications: Pasco County Expands Multi-Family Moratorium while Hillsborough County Plans to Extend Another Moratorium
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|February 2022

Publications: Federal Court Puts ‘Navigable Waters Protection Rule’ In Murky Waters for Florida
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|October 2021

Government Affairs News Update, Land Development News Update, Publications: What's Developing | Fall 2021
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|September 2021

Government Affairs News Update, Land Development News Update, Publications: What's Developing | Spring 2021
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|May 2021

Land Development News Update, Publications: Update: Tampa Bay Local Governments Continue to Enact Burdensome Moratoria
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update |April 2021

Land Development News Update, Publications: Hillsborough County Moving Quickly in Proposal to Take Away Density from Rural and Agricultural Landowners
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|March 2021

Land Development News Update, Publications: What's Developing | Winter 2020-2021
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|January 2021

Land Development News Update, Publications: City of Tampa Holds Important Workshop on Changes in Land Use and Development Policies
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|November 2020

Land Development News Update, Publications: What's Developing | Fall 2020
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|October 2020

Land Development News Update, Publications: Hillsborough County Continues Discussion on Changes in Land Use and Development Policies to Prepare for Smart and Sustainable Growth
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|January 2020

Land Development News Update, Publications: Florida Supreme Court Reverses Course to Allow Personal Injury Damages for Some Environmental Claims
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|January 2020

Land Development News Update, Publications: Major Land Use and Development Policies Discussions Continue in Hillsborough County
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|January 2020

Land Development News Update, Publications: Governor DeSantis Terminates Emergency Declaration for 43 Counties Starting 90-Day Clock for Important Notice Letters
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|October 2019

Government & Administrative News Update, Land Development News Update, Publications: 2015 Waters of the United States Rule Repealed, with a New Rule Expected this Winter
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|September 2019

Land Development News Update, Publications: Important Land Development and Environmental Issues Following Florida's 2019 Legislative Session
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|July 2019

Land Development News Update, Publications: What's Developing | Summer 2019
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|July 2019

Land Development News Update, Publications: Unanimous Property Owner Win as U.S. Supreme Court Limits the Reach of the Endangered Species Act
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|January 2019

Land Development News Update, Publications: Calmer Waters Ahead? Environmental Protection Agency Proposes New
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|January 2019

Land Development News Update, Publications: Qualified Opportunity Zones
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|August 2018

Ad Valorem Tax News Update, Government & Administrative News Update, Land Development News Update, Publications: Upcoming Vote on Amendment Two Has Significant Tax Implications for Non-Homestead Property Owners
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|August 2018

Government & Administrative News Update, Publications: Recent Supreme Court Decision Overrules
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|July 2018

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