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Collin W. Brown

Partner
+1.704.331.7531
Fax +1.704.353.3231

Mr. Brown focuses his practice on land use, zoning and governmental relations. He represents land owners and developers on a wide range of development projects, including commercial, mixed-use, office and transportation, and is engaged in development projects from the rezoning stage through the issuance of building permits and enforcement issues that arise during the life of a development.

Mr. Brown regularly works with local Boards of Adjustment, City Councils, County Commissions, and other local governmental bodies on behalf of clients seeking approvals or opposing local government decisions relating to zoning, permitting, changes of use, variances, annexations, special use permits, site plans, subdivisions and right-of-way abandonments. He has obtained entitlements for some of the largest and most sophisticated development projects in the Charlotte region.

Mr. Brown is a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP), a distinction he earned through the Green Building Certification Institute. As a LEED AP, he has a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles, as well as the LEED Rating System. He was the first North Carolina attorney to earn this credential.

Achievements

  • Charlotte Business Journal, 2016 “40 Under 40” Award

Professional/Civic Activities

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Land Use Committee, Member
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association, Member
  • North Carolina State Bar Association, Member
  • Piedmont Public Policy Institute, Board Chairman and Member
  • Real Estate Building Industry Coalition, Member
  • Rotary Club of Charlotte, Member
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI), Member

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, “We Are Not Talking about Shelley’s Rule Here!” Bobbitt Inn of Court Meeting, September 23, 2015
  • Representation of a full-service real estate company in the rezoning of an 194 acre former golf course site in Charlotte, NC, for the development of over 1,000,000 square feet of commercial uses, 1,000 residential units and a variety of civic and institutional uses. Article may be viewed here.
  • Representation of a real estate developer in the rezoning of a project site for the development of a 27-story office tower and hotel in Uptown Charlotte, NC. Article may be viewed here.
  • Representation of a real estate developer in the rezoning of a 2.65 acre infill site in Charlotte, NC, for the development of a mixed-use project with up to 35,000 square feet of commercial space. Article may be viewed here.
  • Representation of a real estate developer and an independent real estate company in the rezoning of a 3.65 acre property in the SouthPark area of Charlotte, NC, for the development of a seven-story building with two hotels. Article may be viewed here.
  • Representation of a real estate, oil and gas, and other natural resources company in the rezoning of 2.77 acres in the Dilworth area of Charlotte, NC, for the development of as many as 380 apartments, up to 25,000 square feet of commercial space and 10,000 square feet of residential support services. Article may be viewed here.
  • Representation of a real estate developer in the rezoning of 8 acres in the SouthPark area of Charlotte, NC, for the development of 398 rental units. Article may be viewed here.
  • Representation of a real estate developer in the rezoning of 19 acres south of Ballantyne, NC, for the development of a 281-unit apartment project. Article may be viewed here.
  • Representation of a non-profit real estate developer in the rezoning of 10 acres in the NoDa area of Charlotte, NC, for a transit-oriented development which was the first TOD rezoning approved along the Blue Line extension. Article may be viewed here (subscription required).
  • Representation of a real estate developer in the rezoning of 8 acres in the Cotswold area of Charlotte, NC, for the development of an assisted living and memory-care community. Article may be viewed here.
  • Representation of a manufacturer in the rezoning of a 10 acre infill site to accommodate the expansion of an industrial operation.
  • Representation of an outdoor advertising company to obtain a text amendment to a zoning ordinance to allow for digital billboards.
  • Representation of various national homebuilding companies in obtaining approvals for new single-family developments throughout Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Iredell, Lincoln and Union counties.
  • Representation of the City of Charlotte and the City of Charlotte Zoning Board in an appellate case in which the petitioner alleged a single-family home exceeded the zoning height requirement. The decision was favorably reversed. Meier v. City of Charlotte, et al. (N.C. Ct. App).