Practice Areas Overview
Cities of all sizes trust the Denton law firm of Drayovitch P.C. to provide efficient and effective representation in all matters involving local government and municipal law; land use, zoning, and platting; real estate transactions; and economic development issues, including special districts and economic development corporations. The firm also represents individuals and businesses in all of the above matters, helping clients achieve their goals through prompt, personal attention and knowledgeable assistance gained from over 30 years in the practice of public and municipal law in Fort Worth and the surrounding areas.
Please see below to learn more about the firm’s major practice areas. For more information, or for practical legal advice or representation in a particular matter, contact Drayovitch P.C.
Local Government and Municipal Law
With over 30 years of experience representing Texas cities, Drayovitch P.C. has the knowledge and expertise to effectively advise and represent local governing bodies and government officials, including emergency services districts and other special districts, in nearly every facet of local government and municipal law. Ms. Drayovitch has represented over 40 municipalities in the North Texas area. Currently, the firm serves as City Attorney or outside counsel across the spectrum of local government and municipal law, providing legal assistance to local governments on the following matters:
- Bidding and Procurement Laws and Policies
- Easement and Right-of-way negotiation and acquisition
- Economic Development incentives and contracts
- Election matters
- Ethics complaints, investigation and representation
- Human Resource Issues, such as Disciplinary Actions and employee investigations
- Impact Fees — Adoption and Amendment
- Interlocal Agreements
- Negotiating and Drafting Contracts
- Draft and/or review bid specifications and RFPs and resolution of bidding issues
- Open Meetings Act compliance
- Public Information Act compliance and responding to Open Records requests
- Ordinance drafting
- Land use regulations
- Policy and Procedure drafting
- Public Works
- Real Estate transactions
- Sale of City Assets
- Software and Hardware Acquisition
- Special District creation and contract negotiations
- Training for City Council and City Board members
- Creation of and counsel to Crime Control Districts and Economic Development Corporations
- Revision of City Charters
Land Use, Zoning and Platting
The use of “cookie cutter” form ordinances rarely provides a city with the long-term, desired results it needs; taking the time to get it right pays off in the long run. Drayovitch P.C. has assisted over 40 municipalities in drafting and reviewing zoning ordinances, subdivision ordinances, and other land use documents, including working with the Cities of Fairview and Southlake to draft special zoning and platting regulations for planned commercial developments. In drafting or revising land use regulations, the firm utilizes a team approach, working closely with elected officials as well as City staff members and planning professionals to identify solutions which will best serve the community’s goals.
Principal attorney and firm founder Debra Drayovitch has an extensive background providing counsel to boards of adjustment in several cities, and has advised the planning and zoning commissions in Denton and Southlake. Ms. Drayovitch offers seminars on vested rights and the implementation of statute and case law governing “rough proportionality” determinations, and has assisted over 20 municipalities in drafting regulations to implement statutory requirements.
Drayovitch P.C. provides knowledgeable counsel on real estate transactions, including negotiating, drafting, and reviewing contracts of sale, office and commercial leases, and development agreements. The firm is experienced in a wide range of real property transactions, from right of way dedications, easements, and license agreements to cellular tower site leases. Ms. Drayovitch has represented governmental entities and property owners in the acquisition of utility easements and right-of-way As an experienced attorney who has handled a wide variety of real estate transactions, Debra Drayovitch understands that the client’s goals in a particular transaction may involve more than monetary consideration. In such instances, Ms. Drayovitch works to realize those goals and make sure the client’s interests are effectively represented and reflected in the final agreement.
Since 1989, when the Texas Constitution was amended to authorize municipalities to make grants to promote economic development, Drayovitch P.C. has been working with local governments and developers to craft public-private partnerships that spur economic development. With proven expertise in drafting tax abatements and grants under Chapter 380 of the Texas Local Government Code, as well as creating tax increment financing districts, Ms. Drayovitch is uniquely qualified to accomplish the client’s goals. Ms. Drayovitch assisted in the creation of the first tax increment financing districts in the Cities of Southlake and Burleson.
Special Districts and Economic Development Corporations
In recent years, developers have increasingly utilized the creation of special districts as a real estate development tool. However, the creation of such districts within a city or its extraterritorial jurisdiction presents unique obstacles which can affect the financial stability and future of land development in the city. Drayovitch P.C. has represented governmental entities in negotiating consent agreements and development agreements with special utility districts. Ms. Drayovitch has also negotiated on behalf of clients with public improvement districts, water control and improvement districts, municipal utility districts and other special districts to negotiate optimum development situations. The firm also assists municipalities in creating economic development corporations and providing representation to those corporations.