Robert Kleeman

Robert Kleeman has practiced in Austin since 1983 in the areas of land use and land development. Robert’s practice includes zoning and other regulations impacting the development and use of land such as subdivisions and restrictive covenants. Robert assists landowners and developers in the creation and protection of vested development rights through annexation and development agreements with local governments. His practice also entails convincing local governments to recognize previously established vested rights. Robert also assists purchasers by preparing development assessments of real property and represents landowners in condemnation matters.

In addition to vested rights, Robert’s practice also includes addressing and countering other tactics used to stop and limit land development. Such tactics include the listing of species as endangered, frequent changes to regulations and tree preservation ordinances.

Robert has practiced Endangered Species Act law since 1990. Robert has assisted numerous private landowners and local governments with permitting and compliance issues under the Endangered Species Act. In the late 1990s, Robert helped pass legislation to reform the process by which local governments could develop and implement large regional habitat plans under the Endangered Species Act. Robert then served as special counsel to Bastrop County during the drafting and approval of the county’s Lost Pines Habitat Conservation Plan. The Bastrop Plan is unique in that it is designed around private property rather than the acquisition of large and expensive government owned preserves. Robert is currently working with a Williamson County based landowner group resisting the proposed listing of several salamanders as endangered.

Robert serves as the Vice President of Government Relations for the Home Builders Association of Greater Austin; an organization that covers five central Texas counties and more than 20 cities.

Background and Education

Robert grew up in New Braunfels, Texas. He earned his B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1978. Robert participated in a joint degree program and earned a M.P.A. from the LBJ School of Public Affairs and a J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law in 1983.