Brian W. Blaesser

Lecturer in Urban Planning and Design

Brian W. Blaesser is a partner at Dinsmore & Shohl in the firm's Boston office. He practices in the areas of residential and commercial real estate development and redevelopment, leasing, economic development, land use and environmental law, planning law, condemnation law and related litigation. He represents real estate owners, investors and developers in analyzing and securing requisite land use and development approvals from local governments, and negotiating and drafting development agreements.

As a result of Mr. Blaesser's development permitting experience and consulting for national real estate industry associations, as well as for local governments, he has broad experience with issues involving inclusionary zoning programs, comprehensive planning, neighborhood conservation districts, community character preservation, neo-traditional development, urban design, design review, variances, special use permits, planned developments, concurrency management systems, urban growth boundaries (UGBs), vested rights determinations, annexation and development agreements, impact fees, adequate public facilities (APF), comprehensive zoning and subdivision ordinance updates, zoning map and text amendments, subdivision platting, building permits and business licenses, and landmark preservation.

As another dimension of his practice, Mr. Blaesser structures public/private partnerships with state and local governments on behalf of landowner and developer clients and is experienced in utilizing development agreements and public financing mechanisms such as special assessment districts (SADs) and tax increment financing (TIF) to achieve economic development objectives.

He is the author or coauthor of the books, Reinventing Development Regulations (Lincoln Institute of Land Policy: 2017); Discretionary Land Use Controls: Avoiding Invitations to Abuse of Discretion (Thomson-West: 22nd ed. 2019); Federal Land Use Law & Litigation (Thomson-Reuters: 2019); Redevelopment: Planning, Law and Project Implementation (ABA Publishing: 2008); and Condemnation of Property: Practice and Strategies for Winning Just Compensation (Wiley Law Publications: 1994 ); Land Use and the Constitution (Planners Press: 1989).

Mr. Blaesser was formerly the elected chair of the APA Planning & Law Division. He currently serves as an appointed member of the National Environment Subcommittee of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), and is an elected member of Lambda Alpha International, the honorary land economics society. Mr. Blaesser is also a LEED Accredited Professional and has been awarded the Counselor of Real Estate (CRE®) designation.

Mr. Blaesser received his B.A. from Brown University cum laude, and his J.D. from Boston College where he served as an editor of the Law Review. He also holds a masters in city planning (M.C.P.) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) and was a Fulbright Scholar.

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