Zoning / Land Use

HunterMaclean is at the forefront of commercial development in Savannah, St. Simons Island, and the coastal Georgia region.


HunterMaclean is at the forefront of commercial development in Savannah, St. Simons Island, and the coastal Georgia region. Zoning and land use are part of a comprehensive real estate practice that also encompasses economic development, commercial real estate, construction, environmental law, affordable housing, government relations, and commercial finance.

The zoning and land use practice consists of Harold Yellin, Joey Strength, and Josh Yellin, who work closely with City and County Commissions and review boards to assist clients in moving major development projects from concept to completion. These attorneys carry forward a tradition of experience and success established by their predecessors and colleagues at the Firm, including a Savannah mayor, City aldermen, City attorney, and members of prominent local boards focused on economic development, historic preservation, tourism, and revitalization.

HunterMaclean zoning and land use attorneys regularly appear before local planning and zoning boards, city councils, and county commissions throughout coastal Georgia. Our Savannah attorneys appear before the City of Savannah, Chatham County, Tybee Island, Pooler, Garden City, Bloomingdale, Thunderbolt, Effingham County, and Liberty County. Our St. Simons Island attorneys appear before Glynn County, Camden County, and the City of Brunswick.

HunterMaclean attorneys handle a variety of related land use issues involving wetland regulations, shore protection act permits, and coastal marshland permits. We provide depth of experience and understanding, along with creativity, in pursuing the best possible outcome for our clients. Given our lawyers’ extensive involvement in the communities we serve and our well-known commitment to responsible development in the region, HunterMaclean is uniquely positioned to serve clients on land use and zoning matters. Our background and proven track record of success are hard to match anywhere in the region.

  • Representing Savannah College of Art and Design in various zoning and land use matters, including dormitories, museums, and classroom facilities.
  • Representing Telfair Museum in connection with the approval of the height, mass, and design of its Jepson Center.
  • Representing a national waste management company with respect to various zoning and site plan issues related to its metro Savannah facility.
  • Representing several outdoor advertising companies with various land use related issues in the City of Savannah and Chatham County, including the introduction and legislation of ordinances relating to digital advertising.
  • Representing Publix Supermarkets in connection with the rezoning and approval of its site plan for its store on Wilmington Island (Chatham County) and at the Twelve Oaks Shopping Center (City of Savannah). 
  • Representing numerous shopping center owners and their operators and managers in acquiring properties, developing the sites, and obtaining all appropriate governmental permits.
  • Representing convenience store and gas station owners with respect to various land use and zoning matters unique to this industry.
  • Representing the owners and developers of industrial tracts and handling various land use, zoning, and infrastructure issues.
  • Representing numerous national and regional hotel, motel, and restaurant operators before the City of Savannah and the Historic Review Board.
  • Representing numerous property owners before the City of Savannah and Chatham County Zoning Boards of Appeal with respect to issues involving riparian rights and marsh setback requirements.
  • Representing Glynn County landowner in rezoning of a 700-acre tract for commercial usage.
  • Representing Glynn County landowner in obtaining approval for a Community Improvement District designation.
  • Representing Golden Isles Association of Realtors in connection with monitoring and analyzing proposed amendments to the Glynn County Zoning Ordinance.

Affordable Housing

HunterMaclean’s affordable housing practice group represents developers in a variety of affordable and conventional housing transactions.

Commercial Finance

HunterMaclean’s commercial finance practice group practices in a wide range of commercial lending and corporate finance.


HunterMaclean has successfully represented clients from all facets of the building and construction industry, including owners, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, design professionals, and bonding companies.

Government Relations

HunterMaclean government relations attorneys are a source of experienced advice and strategy on complex matters that involve regulatory and legislative issues from concept to completion.

Real Estate Litigation

HunterMaclean’s real estate litigation practice group has formidable experience in resolving a wide range of real estate disputes involving sale contracts, partnership conflicts, commercial leases, property insurance, property tax assessments,…

Commercial Real Estate

At HunterMaclean, our commercial real estate practice group offers comprehensive legal and business counsel on a wide range of real estate matters.

Economic Development

HunterMaclean is the leading business law firm in Georgia outside of Atlanta. It is listed as one of the “Top 10 firms that understand economic development” by Southern Business and…