Our municipal attorneys at the Fitzgibbons Law
Offices offer comprehensive municipal law services to
cities, towns, special taxing districts, quasigovernmental
entities and other local governments.
Fitzgibbons serves as the city attorney for the City of
Coolidge and the City of Maricopa and offers a wealth of
knowledge and insight for the benefit of cities and towns
throughout Arizona. He and his municipal law colleagues
counsel local governments on a broad range of legal matters,
including open meeting law, public record laws, elections,
procurement, public safety, employment law, zoning, land
use, eminent domain, code enforcement, permitting, premise
liability, telecommunications, the gift clause, religious
land use, and other constitutional issues; drafted
ordinances, resolutions, public notices, policies, deeds,
easements, and ethics codes.
We are experienced in
handling most aspects of
matters for city governments, including matters involving
labor-management relations. We have assisted cities and towns in working through
difficult employment matters involving the Family and Medical Leave Act,
Americans with Disabilities Act, and compliance with requisite policies and
procedures toward creating and maintaining a professional workplace.
We advise local governments in land use matters, taking
into account relevant zoning laws, subdivision regulations and other policies
and procedures in order to allow land to develop in a way that serves the public
interest. We assist municipalities, and
planning and zoning commissions with drafting and reviewing
amendments to zoning codes and land use restrictions, and our
attorneys provide consultation services in challenges
to a zoning code requests for an exemption or variance.
We review, negotiate, and draft
many types of government contracts, including:
Memorandums of understanding (MOUs)
Intergovernmental agreements (IGAs)
Contracts for services
Real estate transactions
bidding processes and bid challenges
Any incorporated Arizona city or town may annex territory contiguous to the city or town pursuant to
A.R.S. § 9-471.
However, a successful annexation requires that the
municipality be in compliance with petition, public notice
and public hearing requirements and be prepared to answer
any questions of validity posed by other cities or counties.
Our attorneys have a thorough understanding of the
applicable laws and regulations and have assisted clients
with all aspects of the annexation process.
State law requires local
governments, committees, and subcommittees to follow certain
protocols with respect to public records and during
meetings. State law regulates which documents and
information are considered public record, and require that
meetings be open to the public, and that minutes be
recorded. Our attorneys are experienced with these laws and
regularly counsel municipalities as to how to comply fully.