Zoning and Land Use

  • Applications for site plan, subdivision, zoning amendments, variances, special permits, wetland and steep slopes permits, and other land development approvals
  • Environmental impact review under SEQRA, CEQR and NEPA
  • New York State Town, Village and General City Laws
  • Municipal laws and regulations
  • New York City Zoning Resolution and ULURP reviews
  • Rezoning and Comprehensive Plan updates
  • Urban renewal and mixed-use redevelopment
  • Brownfield redevelopment
  • Green building/LEED certification
  • Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (“RLUIPA”) and Fair Housing Act (“FHA”) compliance
  • Zoning and building code enforcement actions
  • Due diligence for prospective purchasers

Z&S regularly represents clients before municipal planning boards, zoning boards of appeal, legislative bodies, and various state and federal agencies in connection with obtaining approvals for all aspects of land development.  We also serve as Special Land Use and Environmental Counsel to numerous municipalities throughout New York State in complex and sophisticated land use matters. In addition, Z&S represents various community groups and coalitions of residents, elected officials and other individual stakeholders concerning proposed projects.  Working together with a team of planners, engineers and other professional consultants, we counsel our clients through what is often a multifaceted land use review process. We especially appreciate the importance of creating a strong and defensible administrative record in the event of an administrative or judicial challenge.  We also litigate these development applications when necessary and appropriate.