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Sarah M. Rockwell

Sarah Rockwell’s practice emphasizes land use, real estate, and public sector negotiations.  Sarah has practiced in both Colorado and California, representing both public and private sector clients in land use, real estate, entitlement, and municipal law issues associated with small and large-scale development projects, including transit-oriented development projects, airports and residential, industrial, and commercial development projects.

Sarah currently advises clients on real estate and land use issues associated with transit oriented development projects.  She has prepared, negotiated, and implemented agreements related to a variety of public/private sector development projects.  Sarah also has advised several airport clients on land use compatibility issues associated with land adjacent to the airports and counseled both public and private entities on the preparation of habitat conservation plans under the federal Endangered Species Act and other endangered species issues. Additionally, she has served as an expert witness in arbitration and court proceedings involving land use and zoning issues.

Representative Experience

Peña Station, City and County of Denver, Colorado
Represent the City and County of Denver on a public-private partnership in connection with the Peña Station area transit-oriented development (TOD) project, including negotiations with adjacent landowners, agreements related to $50 million infrastructure financing, and real estate issues

Alameda Station, Denver, Colorado
Represent developer of the Alameda Station TOD project in negotiating, drafting, and finalizing agreements with the Regional Transportation District and other parties associated with the purchase of property from RTD and development of a new transit plaza and associated private development

Federal Center Station Neighborhood, Lakewood, Colorado
Represent the City of Lakewood related to discussions with the General Services Administration (GSA) regarding property acquisition and development issues

Former Gates Site Redevelopment, Denver, Colorado
Advise current owner of the former Gates site in Denver, Colorado regarding land use, entitlement, zoning, and public finance issues

Senior Care Facilities
Advise development of senior care facilities on real estate and entitlement issues associated with development of senior care projects

The Orchard Town Center, Westminster, Colorado
Represented the developer of the Orchard Town Center in preparing master development agreement, entitlement documents, and other agreements with the City associated with the Orchard Town Center development

The Meadows, Castle Rock, Colorado
Advise owner of The Meadows project regarding habitat conservation planning issues associated with project

Awards / Professional and Civic Activities

  • Downtown Denver Partnership Management Group (2009–Present)
  • Denver Civic Ventures (2006–Present); current Vice Chair
  • Member, Colorado ULI Executive Committee (2017)
  • Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce, Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Denver (2017)
  • Best Lawyers in America® for Land Use & Zoning Law (2007–2018)
  • Super Lawyers® for Land Use & Zoning Law (2006, 2008–2018)
  • Chambers USA, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use – Band 1 (2004–2017)
  • Best Lawyers® Land Use & Zoning "Lawyer of the Year" award for Denver (2011, 2018)
  • Board of Directors, Winter Park Recreational Association (October 2012–September 2017; President, October 2016–September 2017)
  • ULI Community Development Product Council (2014–2015)
  • Regional Advisory Board, Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute (2004–Present)
  • Board of Directors, Lowry Redevelopment Authority (Chair, August 2012–August 2013; Member,1997–August 2013)
  • Chair, Downtown Denver Partnership Housing Policy Task Force (2010, 2014)
  • Member of Expert Roundtable on Affordable Housing and Transit organized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) (2010)
  • City and County of Denver Infrastructure Priorities Task Force/City Facilities Subcommittee (2006)
  • Former Board Member, Colorado Preservation, Inc. (2005–2008)
  • Former Board Member, Mile High Montessori Early Learning Centers (1995–2005)
  • Colorado ULI Technical Advisory Panels (University Hill, Boulder; Oak Street Station, Lakewood; 10th and Sheridan, Lakewood)

News & Publications

Presentations

Strafford Publications Webinar
11.13.17
20th Annual CLE Land Use Law Conference
12.11.14
Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute Conference
03.13.14
Land Use Ethics
Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute Conference
03.08.13
Affordable Housing and Transit-Oriented Development
Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute Conference
03.04.11
12th Annual CLE Land Use Law Conference
12.01.05
Real Estate Development CLE Conference
05.13.04
A Practical Guide to Successful Land Use Approvals
Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute Conference
Developer/Citizen Negotiation and Agreements
CLE Conference
Airports: Balancing Economic Development and Community Interest
CLE Conference
The ESA and Regulatory Takings
CLE Conference

Publications

News

Law Week Colorado and The Denver Post
Fall 2014

Education

J.D., Boston University, 1985
Master’s in City Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1985
B.A., Stanford University, 1980

Bar Admissions

Colorado
California