Foundation News

Donna J. Pugh

Monday, July 11, 2016

Donna J. Pugh is a partner at Foley & Lardner and is a member of the firm’s Real Estate Practice, where she provides land use and zoning services. Ms. Pugh utilizes a team approach, heavily involving clients in strategic planning and has an exceptionally high success rate in obtaining needed approvals. She crafts the approvals so as to maximize long-term flexibility for future uses of the land. Her practice focuses on obtaining zoning, land use and other governmental approvals relating to land, including: planned development approvals for large-scale or mixed-use projects, rezoning of land, variations to allow proposed development, text amendments to update zoning codes to accommodate clients’ needs, public way approvals to allow skybridges, tunnels, canopies, monument or overhanging signage and other private uses of the public way, vacation and dedication of streets and alleys to allow better utilization of sites, subdivision, annexation, administrative relief and administrative adjustments, obtaining rulings from zoning administrators or other code enforcement officials that a proposed use is either legally nonconforming, falls within the definition of an enumerated permitted use, or is otherwise allowed, and obtaining “Part II,” site plan or other planned development-related approvals for later phases of development. Prior to joining Foley, Ms. Pugh was a chair of the Land Use Practice Group at Vedder Price.