Practice Areas

General Land Use Zoning, Special Permits & Variances Landmark Preservation Construction and Building Code Matters Sustainable Development

Practice Areas

The firm's practice is limited to zoning and land use, including but not limited to the following sub-areas:

Zoning, Special Permits & Variances

  • Zoning analyses, including zoning status, development potential, review of zoning calculations and drawings, and strategic advice
  • Zoning opinions, memoranda and letters for sellers, purchasers, borrowers and lenders
  • Transfers of development rights, preparation and review of Declarations, Zoning Lot Development Agreements, and related zoning documents
  • Transactional support, including drafting and reviewing zoning related provisions of purchase and sale agreements and ground leases
  • Representation and advocacy for projects requiring approval of the City Planning Commission, Community Boards, Borough President, and City Council, including authorizations, certifications, special permits, zoning district changes, text amendments, dispositions of city owned property, and other matters subject to New York City's Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP)
  • Zoning-related matters involving other City and State agencies, including the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Economic Development Corporation, the Empire State Development Corporation and other public authorities
  • Representation and advocacy for projects before the Board of Standards and Appeals, including variances, special permits, vesting cases and administrative appeals
  • Litigation support, including expert testimony and technical assistance on land use and zoning issues

Landmark Preservation

  • Representation and advocacy for projects before the Landmarks Preservation Commission, including special permits, landmark designations, Certificates of Appropriateness and Certificates of No Effect

Construction and Building Code Matters

  • Review and advocacy relating to zoning issues before the Department of Buildings, including pre-considerations, reconsiderations, interpretations, permits and zoning challenges
  • Representing property owners (condos, co-ops, landlords) or developers in conflicts with adjacent property owners

Sustainable Development

  • Strategic advice regarding sustainable development initiatives
  • Advocacy of renewable energy, green roof tax credits, and sustainable zoning initiatives
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