Environmental and Land Use
Our environmental and land use practice involves representing businesses, individuals, municipalities, lenders, and other interested parties in connection with project development and permitting before various regulatory bodies and before state and federal courts.
We work with our clients from project concept and design stage through all permitting and zoning approvals. We continue to work with our clients through construction and build-out. We work closely with project engineers and other technical consultants throughout the approval and construction processes.
We have successfully handled many complex projects for developers, including medium and large subdivisions, homeowners associations, condominium communities, apartment communities, recreation facilities, commercial retail centers, asphalt and concrete plants, and mining proposals. In connection with these projects, we have handled all aspects of SEQRA compliance, as well as all state and federal regulatory programs.
We represent neighbors and neighborhood groups interested in land use proposals as well, including by assisting in navigating the complex and detailed local and state project review processes, determining neighbor rights and strategizing how and when to exercise those rights, negotiating with developers for project modifications, and where necessary, asserting legal challenges, usually in the form of Article 78 proceedings and administrative appeals.
We represent municipal boards reviewing project proposals and administering local regulatory procedures and standards. Our extensive experience representing developers and neighborhood groups equips us with insight and perspective that ensures that municipal client decisions are made in accordance with law and are supported by the record.