Practice Area: Land use

Some of Michael’s work in this area

Gelardi Law is experienced with land use permitting, compliance and appeals. Mike has worked extensively with local governments across Oregon. He understands local process and custom, as well as the complex relationships between state and local land use law.

Farmland dwelling policy

Secured reversal of Land Use Board of Appeals interpretation of state law governing replacement dwellings on farmland; argued case before Oregon Supreme Court and assisted with successful legislative effort to clarify statute. LandWatch Lane County v. Lane County, 364 Or 724 (2019).

Location: Lane County, Oregon

University of Oregon

Represented University in successful land use proceedings related to remodel of historic Hayward Field and north campus master planning.

Eugene, Lane County, Oregon

Del Rio Vineyards v. Jackson County

Successfully resolved a land use conflict between neighboring agricultural and industrial operations in southern Oregon. Prevailed before the Oregon Court of Appeals and Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals twice. 263 Or App 406; LUBA No. 2014-054; LUBA 2015-104

Location: Jackson County, OR

Oregon wine industry policy development

Served as land use and natural resources counsel to Oregon wine industry trade association, including development of legislation governing winery activity on farmland, and industry efforts to reduce pesticide damage and secure long-term water supply; advised industry coalition on 2019 wine labeling legislation.

Location: Oregon

Friends of Yamhill County v. Yamhill County

Represented a winery in defending a conditional use permitting process for winery facilities and activities on farmland. Prevailed before the Oregon Court of Appeals, Land Use Board of Appeals, Land Conservation and Development Commission, and Yamhill County Board of Commissioners. 255 Or App 636 (2013)

Location: Yamhill County, Oregon

Wind Energy Development

Served as local development counsel for one of the world’s largest wind energy projects, located in eastern Oregon. Assisted with siting, electric transmission and interconnection, environmental and other regulatory matters.

Location: Gilliam and Morrow counties, Oregon

Oregon Country Fair

Represent legendary arts and cultural organization in management of Fair property; assisted with acquisition of vineyard and winery assets

Lane County, Oregon

Hawks View Winery

Assisted Willamette Valley winery with ownership transition and land use permitting for facility expansion.

Washington County, Oregon