Susan Trevarthen handles land use, planning and zoning matters for governments and is a municipal attorney. Her work includes negotiating development agreements and approvals, drafting municipal codes and plans, advising municipal staffs, managers and attorneys, defending challenges to municipal regulations and decisions, handling public hearings and counseling elected officials, as well as advocating for municipalities on legislative issues in her field.
She serves as Town Attorney.She also serves as the Chair of our Public Land Use and Zoning Group, which handles all of the land use matters for the Cities of Cooper City, Weston, Miramar, Aventura, Medley, Doral, Marco Island, Indialantic and Homestead; the Towns of Cutler Bay and Lauderdale-By-The-Sea; and the Villages of Bal Harbour, Key Biscayne and Pinecrest.
The Group also provides outside counsel services on planning, zoning and land use matters to additional South Florida cities on an as needed basis. In recent years, these cities have included Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Deerfield Beach, Wellington, Lauderhill, Juno Beach, Pompano Beach, Sunrise, Hallandale Beach, Parkland, Hollywood, Coconut Creek, Vero Beach, Plant City, Miami Beach, Dania Beach, Cape Coral, Coral Gables and Miami Springs.
Susan’s practice includes extensive constitutional law in her field, including regulatory taking cases and land use and zoning decisions raising First Amendment issues, including sign codes, adult use regulations, and regulation of religious uses, Harris Act claims, comprehensive plan challenges and petitions for certiorari.
Susan also has extensive experience with school planning and facilities issues and mandatory school concurrency, and she has represented local governments and school boards across the state on these issues.
Susan has held leadership positions in The Florida Bar’s Section for Environmental and Land Use Law and Section for City, County and Local Government Law. She is a member of the Board of Directors of 1000 Friends of Florida.
A member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners and Board Certified in City, County and Local Government Law by The Florida Bar, Susan speaks and publishes frequently on planning, zoning and land use issues. Susan grew up in Boca Raton, Florida.
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