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Sarah Landiak


Sarah Landiak is a member of Winstead’s Public Finance practice group, where she focuses primarily on real estate development, special districts and public law.  Sarah’s practice focuses on the use of special districts and development incentives to aid in the development of master-planned communities.  She has experience in all stages of entitlement transactions, including negotiating and drafting development agreements, forming special districts, and providing counsel through bond issuance stages.  Sarah’s practice recognizes that there is no “one size fits all” solution for every development scenario, and her experience offers myriad options through which developers and public entities may partner to develop property in a mutually beneficial manner.

Representative Experience

  • Represents developers and municipalities in negotiation and drafting of entitlement agreements and formation of public improvement districts (PIDs), tax increment reinvestment zones (TIRZs), and stand-alone special districts, including municipal utility districts (MUDs), municipal management districts (MMDs), and others
  • Guides developers through creation of special districts, whether through special act of the state legislature, before a county commissioners court, or via the TCEQ 
  • Serves as general counsel to over 80 special districts across Texas
  • Serves as bond counsel and developer’s counsel in bond issuances through PIDs and stand-alone special districts
  • Knowledgeable in negotiation and drafting of multi-party development agreements, annexation and strategic partnership agreements, retail and wholesale service agreements, and operating agreements 
  • Counsels special districts regarding contractual and statutory requirements, including interactions with residents, developers, and municipalities; elections processes and requirements; acquisition of and reimbursement for property and improvements; and creation and implementation of district policy