Ele Zachariades is a partner in the firm's Land Use & Zoning practice group. Ms. Zachariades is an urban planner and planning lawyer with a diverse educational and professional background in both the public and private arena of land use and planning.
Ms. Zachariades provides due diligence studies, strategic land planning, development approvals and entitlements and assists clients in understanding local zoning codes and comprehensive plans. Ms. Zachariades advises clients on the environmental, planning, political and legal context of their properties and then develops a strategic plan of action to most effectively secure favorable action. Ms. Zachariades guides clients through the process of obtaining or protecting their development entitlements, including large scale projects and DRI’s. Ms. Zachariades frequently represents clients in obtaining a wide range of approvals before municipal zoning boards, such as rezonings, variances, comprehensive plan amendments, plats, and site plan approvals. Ms. Zachariades also represents clients in the negotiation and execution of development agreements with local government and the Department of Community Affairs.
Ms. Zachariades has participated in community redevelopment, due diligence, and permitting projects such as:
Complete due diligence analysis for property consisting of +/‐ 60 acres in Boca Raton, which included exhaustive research of state, county, and city records and analysis of applicable regulations to provide an accurate assessment of development potential.
Redevelopment planning for the redevelopment of an existing mobile home park in the Florida Keys. Development services provided included negotiations with County and local authorities and existing tenants to permit the closure of the mobile home park and further negotiation with local, county, and state officials to provide workforce housing, rezoning, comprehensive plan amendment, site plan and major conditional use and an executed 380.032 Agreement with the Department of Community Affairs, the Village of Islamorada, and the Developer.
The redevelopment of the famous Holiday Isle in Islamorada consisting of 12+/‐ acres with 151 hotel units, 40,000 square feet of restaurant and retail.
Represented Marriott in Riviera Beach for two separate redevelopment projects to permit and construct timeshare units.
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