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Zoning, Land Use & Development

Using a multi-disciplinary approach involving attorneys from our litigation, real estate, and municipal and government practice areas, our firm has successfully represented individuals, developers and municipalities in a wide variety of zoning and land use matters.

Whether you are seeking an approval or challenging a municipal board's determination with respect to a particular project or development, we have the depth of experience to handle your matter from inception through defense or prosecution of an Article 78 Proceeding, if necessary. 

 

Subdivision & Site Plan Approvals

Our team counsels clients on obtaining permits, preparing and shepherding planning and zoning applications, and securing approval for site plans and traditional and cluster subdivision approvals.

Area & Use Variances

Our team works to obtain area and use variances to enable our clients to secure workarounds to zoning restrictions that might otherwise hamper development plans. We regularly assist with variance applications and any attendant public hearings. 

State Environmental Quality Review Act

We advise clients on achieving and maintaining compliance with the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), navigating the environmental review process to enable our clients to keep their plans on track. 

Special Use Permits

We counsel clients on formulating and presenting a persuasive case to obtain the desired special use permit, anticipating and tackling any questions that may arise regarding the permit's effects on the surrounding community.  

Planning & Zoning Boards

We represent clients before municipal boards, zoning boards of appeal, and planning boards in a broad range of zoning and land use matters, taking your hassles off your list and removing obstacles to moving your project ahead efficiently. 

Development

Our multi-faceted approach to development projects considers issues grounded in property, business, tax, and bankruptcy law. We have the foresight to prevent disputes and the ability to resolve issues on your behalf. We efficiently manage the legal details and coordinate all aspects of your project, allowing you to get back to business.

Concerned Citizens

We serve as counsel to applicants and neighbors concerned about applications for potentially controversial projects before planning and zoning boards. We understand that residents may have serious concerns about proposed development that may affect their community. We assist concerned citizens' and neighborhood associations with understanding what factors boards consider in their decision-making process, and how best to present the case for your position, including obtaining supporting expert evidence when necessary. 

 

Article 78 Proceedings

We represent petitioners and respondents in Article 78 proceedings to review actions of government boards and officials, including providing counsel to towns, villages, planning boards, zoning boards of appeal, developers, and businesses and individuals aggrieved by governmental actions.