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Douglas Rillstone

Douglas Rillstone

Partner

215 South Monroe Street
Suite 400
Tallahassee, FL 32301
douglas.rillstone@nelsonmullins.com

Douglas represents clients in all aspects of the redevelopment of blighted, underutilized, and often contaminated property for mixed use or student housing, including issues with due diligence; development of contaminated property involving petroleum, solvents, metals, and relic landfills; real estate contract negotiations; title, construction, and permanent financing; Community Redevelopment Agency incentives; commercial condominiums; property exchanges; demolition and construction; and local permitting, variances, and...

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Douglas represents clients in all aspects of the redevelopment of blighted, underutilized, and often contaminated property for mixed use or student housing, including issues with due diligence; development of contaminated property involving petroleum, solvents, metals, and relic landfills; real estate contract negotiations; title, construction, and permanent financing; Community Redevelopment Agency incentives; commercial condominiums; property exchanges; demolition and construction; and local permitting, variances, and land use approvals.

Douglas was selected by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission as a stakeholder representing landowner, agriculture, cattle, and timber associations to develop Florida’s unique science–based regulatory process to designate and regulate protected species in Florida, which included the development, adoptions, and implementation of agricultural best management practices, as an alternative to regulatory permitting and a process for Florida to implement the Federal Endangered Species Act.  

Douglas has routinely represented land owners, developers, mitigation bankers, miners, agricultural interests (e.g., citrus, cattle, forestry, and crop production), energy, major transportation, and industry associations in all aspects of the regulation of species, wetlands, waste, hazardous substance, and water, including permitting, consultations, rulemaking, listing and delisting decisions, administrative appeals, enforcement, policy development, rulemaking, and legislation.

His areas of practice include land use decisions and appeals; various aspects of the Development of Regional Impact (DRI) process; school and transportation concurrency; Rural Lands Stewardship; vested rights determinations; water use; wetlands; wildlife and plant regulation; marina development; contaminated property and redevelopment; sovereign lands; coastal construction; surface water; civil and criminal enforcement; NPDES permitting; and administrative rulemaking and litigation.

Douglas Rillstone

land use approvals.

Douglas was selected by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission as a stakeholder representing landowner, agriculture, cattle, and timber associations to develop Florida’s unique science–based regulatory process to designate and regulate protected species in Florida, which included the development, adoptions, and implementation of agricultural best management practices, as an alternative to regulatory permitting and a process for Florida to implement the Federal Endangered Species Act.  

Douglas has routinely represented land owners, developers, mitigation bankers, miners, agricultural interests (e.g., citrus, cattle, forestry, and crop production), energy, major transportation, and industry associations in all aspects of the regulation of species, wetlands, waste, hazardous substance, and water, including permitting, consultations, rulemaking, listing and delisting decisions, administrative appeals, enforcement, policy development, rulemaking, and legislation.

His areas of practice include land use decisions and appeals; various aspects of the Development of Regional Impact (DRI) process; school and transportation concurrency; Rural Lands Stewardship; vested rights determinations; water use; wetlands; wildlife and plant regulation; marina development; contaminated property and redevelopment; sovereign lands; coastal construction; surface water; civil and criminal enforcement; NPDES permitting; and administrative rulemaking and litigation.

Douglas represents clients in all aspects of the redevelopment of blighted, underutilized, and often contaminated property for mixed use or student housing, including issues with due diligence; development of contaminated property involving petroleum, solvents, metals, and relic landfills; real estate contract negotiations; title, construction, and permanent financing; Community Redevelopment Agency incentives; commercial condominiums; property exchanges; demolition and construction; and local permitting, variances, and... land use approvals.

Douglas was selected by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission as a stakeholder representing landowner, agriculture, cattle, and timber associations to develop Florida’s unique science–based regulatory process to designate and regulate protected species in Florida, which included the development, adoptions, and implementation of agricultural best management practices, as an alternative to regulatory permitting and a process for Florida to implement the Federal Endangered Species Act.  

Douglas has routinely represented land owners, developers, mitigation bankers, miners, agricultural interests (e.g., citrus, cattle, forestry, and crop production), energy, major transportation, and industry associations in all aspects of the regulation of species, wetlands, waste, hazardous substance, and water, including permitting, consultations, rulemaking, listing and delisting decisions, administrative appeals, enforcement, policy development, rulemaking, and legislation.

His areas of practice include land use decisions and appeals; various aspects of the Development of Regional Impact (DRI) process; school and transportation concurrency; Rural Lands Stewardship; vested rights determinations; water use; wetlands; wildlife and plant regulation; marina development; contaminated property and redevelopment; sovereign lands; coastal construction; surface water; civil and criminal enforcement; NPDES permitting; and administrative rulemaking and litigation.

Experience

Following is a selected sampling of matters and is provided for informational purposes only. Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future matter.

  • Serves as counsel to a large national developer in the assemblage, acquisition, entitlement, construction, financing, retail and residential leasing and disposition of multiple student housing projects in urban settings
  • Has served as environmental and land use counsel to several student housing developers to address environmental issues associated with the redevelopment of under–utilized urban properties
  • Represents primarily corporate and real estate interests in all aspects of land use and environmental law to develop and implement strategies to achieve the client’s objectives in an expanding array of local, state, and federal regulatory constrictions
  • Has represented industry in several state and federal decisions concerning the regulation of protected wildlife and their habitat within Florida, Georgia and Alabama
  • Has worked closely with landowners and agencies to develop solutions where conflicts arise between human activities and listed species such as manatee, panther, sand skink, indigo snake, wood stork, bald eagle, scrub jay, cara cara, beach mice, and others
  • Has been involved in the regulation of wetlands for three decades, having participated at the state and federal level in permitting decisions, administrative appeals, enforcement actions and rulemaking
  • Has represented clients in developing and implementing strategies to obtain state and federal approvals for projects throughout Florida
  • Successfully guided a landowner through the Binding Letter process at the Department of Community Affairs to avoid DRI review for a major marina redevelopment and expansion project in Southwest Florida
  • Is involved with several multi–use Developments of Regional Impacts and represents landowners in negotiating and obtaining local developer agreements
  • Has and continues to represent landowners in addressing contamination issues associated with arsenic, dieldrin, solvents, heavy metals, and petroleum products
  • Represents landowners in the development, permitting, and operation of wetland mitigation banks and conservation (wildlife) banks
  • Represents landowners in resolving wildlife issues under federal law, including incidental take permits, agency coordination, critical habitat designation, species listing proposals, and enforcement and long range planning

Education

  • Hamline University School of Law, JD, cum laude (1985)
  • Florida Institute of Technology, MS (1983)
  • Florida State University, BS (1979)

Admissions

  • Florida

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  • Member, Board of Directors, Florida State University Real Estate Foundation
  • Executive Board Member, Florida State University Real Estate Center
  • Past Member, Executive Council, The Florida Bar
    • Environmental/Land Use Law Section
  • Past Chair, Florida Chamber of Commerce Natural Resources and Growth Management Committee
    • Subcommittee on Endangered/Threatened Species and Upland Habitat Regulation
  • Past Member, Association of Florida Community Developers, Inc.
  • Past Member, Florida Home Builders Association, Inc.
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