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Nov 22, 2023

Matt is a local attorney that practices real estate law. He has been on top of a law that recently opened non-residential properties up for residential development. The law came out of Tallahassee and is being dictated to the local municipalities. This could be a great opportunity for people looking to build to rent.
Key Discussion Points
[01:11] Introduction by Eric & Steven
[11:15] About our guest: Matt Newton
[12:43] Give us your background and why you got into real estate law
[19:27] The Live Local Act: Trying to make housing more affordable
[20:48] Explain the Live Local Act and how it helps create affordable housing
[28:15] Under the Live Local Act, is it true that for workforce house, you can you bend the zoning rules?
[34:11] Talk abou the timeline for Live Local - is it on the books right now?
[38:14] How would you guide an investor who feels they have a parcel they could use Live Local for?
[45:37] How can folks reach you?
[50:58] Closing comments by Eric & Steven
About Our Guest
Matt Newton is one of very few private-sector attorneys board certified in City, County, and Local Government Law in the Tampa Bay area. Matt received his J.D., cum laude, from Stetson University College of Law in 2014 and has dedicated most of his career to assisting clients with matters in the areas of local regulation of land through planning and zoning, sovereign immunity, state-local preemption, open government, and the defense of both property and civil rights.
Matt writes about legal, political, and urban planning issues in a weekly column for Tampa’s La Gaceta Newspaper entitled “The Reasonable Standard.” Super Lawyers® has recognized Matt as one of Florida’s Rising Stars® in 2022, and Best Lawyers® has named him as One to Watch® annually from 2021-2023.
Matt is licensed to practice law in both Illinois and Florida. He is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. In addition to his Board Certification, Florida’s Supreme Court has certified Matt as a mediator for civil cases pending in Florida’s circuit and appellate courts.
A dedicated member of the community, Matt Chairs Community Tampa Bay’s Board of Directors, is a member of Midtown Tampa’s Kiwanis Club, and is a regular volunteer for Tampa’s Stageworks Theatre.
Email: MattNewton@olderlundylaw
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