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and risk management
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issues must be examined closely
in mixed-use developments.

KEY THEMES

The legality of mixed-use projects continues to evolve. BY PAUL N. DUBRASICH, ESQ.

M

ixed-use developments are
certainly not newcomers
these days. For two decades or
more, projects that combine
two, three or more product types and uses
have become commonplace. Even so, the
demand for mixed-use developments
continues to grow. Evolving demographics,
lifestyle preferences and governmental regulations all encourage a trend toward urban
infill and transit-oriented communities that
combine residential amenities with retail or
commercial components.
Millennial consumers, as well as down-

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sizing retirees, increasingly favor living
within walking distance to retail stores,
health and fitness centers, restaurants and
cultural venues - as opposed to residing at
the distant reaches of urban sprawl. How
these mixed-use projects are developed
and operated, however, continues to evolve
with experience not only from a marketing
standpoint, but also as a matter of operation
and legal risk management.
Every mixed-use project is different,
designed to address the intended market
of residents, workers and visitors at the
specific location. In urban settings, the

design and mix of uses may also be highly
regulated. Development entitlements may
be conditioned on affordable housing
mandates, energy efficient design requirements, traffic demand management
programs and sustainability.
Legal and risk management issues that
come into play, while universal and common to every project, must be examined
more closely in mixed-use developments,
and may impact the final planning in
significant ways. Here are some overriding
legal themes that need to be considered in
every mixed-use project:


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