shopping centers, housing and other land
highways, bikeways and other transportation
pipelines, transmission lines, and other
and other resource use;
wastewater and other pollution discharges;
lake and river restoration;
noise, odors and other nuisances; and
We can triple your success in protecting your home or
environment thanks to our unique
Politically Oriented Advocacy, Equitable Solutions and
Smart Legal Strategies approaches.
These approaches maximize citizen success with issues big and small. In
fact, 90% of our clients win their campaigns which is far better than the 5%
- 10% success rate of traditional approaches. And most of these
victories come at a fraction of the
To see the many places throughout the nation where we've
helped homeowners, citizen groups and others protect their neighborhood and
CEDS Map. So whether you're looking for a quick, easy solution to a
simple problem or seeking the best legal defense possible for a major
threat, CEDS is the place to start. Just give us a call at
410-654-3021 or drop us a line at Help@ceds.org.
CEDS is a nationwide network of more than 135 attorneys and many other
professionals including planners, environmental scientists, traffic
engineers, political strategists, and fundraisers, to name but a few.
We specialize in helping individuals and non-profits.
In fact, CEDS serves as a bridge between nonprofits
and for-profits. In other words, we provide a place to refer those
who need more help then a nonprofit can provide.
We help our clients determine the quickest, least expensive strategy for resolving
their concerns (see Free
Assistance below). When appropriate we then link our clients
with an attorney and other professionals who have a good
reputation for winning land use and environmental cases. Our unique
Equitable Solutions approach not only maximizes success but strengthens
public support for responsible growthmanagement and sound
If you are concerned about a threat to your home,
neighborhood, or the environment then we would be delighted to provide you
with the following assistance at no cost:
First, contact us at 410-654-3021 or Help@ceds.org. After learning the specifics
of your case we can usually suggest a winning strategy.
About half the folks who contact us find that this free advice is all the
help they need to win. We can also do a conference call if you'd like
to include others who share your concerns.
Finally, we can do a no-cost quick initial review of project plans
for potential impacts as well as possible
solutions. Just mail the plans to our
contact address and include a cover letter describing your concerns.
We'll then give you a call to discuss the results of our preliminary
About half the folks we help take our free assistance and
manage their own campaign. A small portion of the remainder decide
that there's either too much at risk, the case is too complicated, or
they lack the time to pursue the case on their own, so they hire CEDS to manage the campaign for them.
This is how we stay in business and why we're able to offer so much free help to citizens.
you stop sprawl or other bad development projects? A CEDS Initial Strategy
Analysis is usually the quickest way to get an answer.
As part of the analysis
we will look at technical, legal, and political options for resolving your
concerns. We can usually complete the analysis in one- or two-weeks
regardless of where you are located. For further detail visit our
Initial Strategy Analysis webpage.
These analyses are a key factor allowing 90% of our clients to win their
A principle component of the Initial Strategy Analysis is
identification of all permits and approvals that must be issued before the
project can proceed. We then focus in on the permit-approval which
offers the best opportunity to win your case. With our nationwide
network of 135 attorneys we can quickly
mobilize a legal team to block issuance of this key permit-approval until
your concerns are resolved. We can also help you with
easy, yet highly-effective fundraising methods.
But the most important service we can provide is to
employ our unique Equitable Solutions approach in
support of your goals. When combined with a good legal strategy,
Equitable Solutions triples the likelihood of
success. This approach also
greatly reduces the costs of winning a campaign to protect a neighborhood or
To learn how CEDS can swiftly set your campaign on the
path to victory, give us a call at 410-654-3021 or e-mail us at: Help@ceds.org.
There are a more then a million attorneys practicing
across the nation. A small fraction have experience with land use, zoning, or environmental cases.
However, most of these attorneys only represent applicants - those hoping to
build the projects threatening a neighborhood or the environment.
Fortunately, there's a handful of attorneys who have
become very good at winning these cases on behalf of citizen groups and
individual property owners. Engaging an attorney who lacks a record of
success on behalf of citizen clients, can be an extremely expensive mistake.
Following are some of the ways CEDS can help you avoid this mistake.
Over the years, CEDS has compiled a long list of attorneys
who are good at winning cases on behalf of citizens. There are several
of these attorneys practicing in most states. So give our Citizens
Hotline (410-654-3021) a call and we'll see if one of these attorneys is
right for you and is willing to take your case. If not, then we're
very good at helping our clients search elsewhere to find the best attorney
for their case.
When compared to CEDS, there are few organizations which
have helped as many citizens win land use, zoning, and environmental cases.
This unusual record of success gives CEDS a unique understanding of how to
win citizen cases. This knowledge allows CEDS to quickly find several
attorneys who have the right expertise and motivation to win your case.
Once we find these professionals many of our clients ask
CEDS to review the case with each attorney. From these reviews CEDS
develops an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of each attorney.
We also get an assessment of the
likelihood of winning your case along with anticipated costs. This
information and our recommendation is frequently the difference between an
affordable victory and a very expensive loss.
So, to take advantage of our services contact CEDS
Additional legal assistance from CEDS is described on our
CEDS provides a unique set of services for attorneys
representing clients with concerns about a development project or any other
issue threatening a neighborhood or the environment. We have combined
practices learned from some of the best attorneys in the nation into
an approach we named
Action. We'd be delighted to speak with you about how this
approach can be applied to your cases. Just give us a call at
410-654-3021 or e-mail us at: Help@ceds.org.
Expert Witnesses CEDS has assembled a nationwide network of experts
with qualities most other professionals lack:
extensive experience examining issues from a citizen perspective
(plus our experts do not suffer from the pro-applicant bias so many professionals exhibit);
our experts tend to be less expensive since they are used to working on limited
they are known-quantities with a history of providing strong testimony; and
easily qualify as an expert witness.
Following are some of the many expertise within the CEDS network: traffic
engineer, land planner, wetland ecologist, stormwater engineer, real estate
appraiser, hydrogeologist, wastewater engineer, and on the list could go.
So whether you need a PhD or a practitioner we can usually find you the
right expert for the least cost. Just give us a call at 410-654-3021
or e-mail us at: Help@ceds.org.
Issue Analysis With most land use or environmental cases there can be
a dozen or more possible technical issues which could form the legal basis
for denying or conditioning a permit or approval. CEDS has become very
efficient at identifying potential issues then singling out the strongest.
For what you might normally pay to analyze just one potential issue,
we can sift through many then line-up a strong expert witness for your
But we also provide an extremely important added
service. After determining the decision-making
criteria for the permit-approval at issue we'll research past decisions.
This research frequently reveals ways of structuring testimony and legal
arguments which substantially increases the likelihood of a favorable
decision. To get a better feel for what our issue analysis might
produce for your clients visit our Initial
Strategy Analysis webpage.
Fundraising Funds are usually the factor which most limits the
strength of citizen cases. Raising money is something else CEDS does
very well. In fact, our signature fund-raiser:
nets $3,000 to $30,000 in just one night;
can be held within three-weeks of bringing us
on board; and
CEDS believes that vacant lands within or adjoining a
neighborhood should be used in ways that preserve and enhance quality of
life for you and your neighbors. Proactive Neighborhood Planning (PNP)
allows you to influence how these lands will be used long before a development
company arrives on the scene. Compared to the traditional approach of
waiting until a development proposal has been made, PNP can save
neighborhood residents thousands of dollars while making a successful outcome far more likely.
For further detail visit our Proactive Neighborhood Planning
Whether you are concerned about a
single structure proposed for a one-acre lot, a thousand-unit housing
project, a shopping mall, a highway, or growth throughout a town or county, we
can help anywhere in the nation. Just give us a call at 410-654-3021 or e-mail us at: Help@ceds.org.
We can assist you in changing the way growth
is managed in your area so residents get more benefits while experiencing
fewer growing pains. This assistance begins with a survey of area
residents and an analysis of past development decisions as well as existing
laws, policies and plans. We will then produce a strategy document
showing how the most harmful growth impacts can be prevented in the future
and how citizen advocacy groups can gain the political clout required to
bring growth management into the 21st century. To see some examples of
what we can help you produce visit the CEDS webpage for our home county:
Baltimore County, MD.