Land Use & Zoning

Navigating the land use, zoning and SEQRA approvals processes from project inception to shovel in the ground
Our Approach

Our attorneys spend many nights of the week advocating before planning boards, zoning boards of appeal, legislative bodies, and other governmental agencies – or representing these boards as Special Counsel on complex development projects. That means leading our clients’ development teams, working with municipal officials and staff, providing strategic advice and substantive guidance, compiling a complete administrative record, organizing public outreach, and ensuring regulatory compliance.

And because many of the attorneys in our land use and zoning practice are also litigators, we position our clients for success if their application ends up in court. The attorney who fought in the trenches during the review process will bring a comprehensive knowledge of the administrative record when defending (or challenging) municipal determinations.

What We Do

Zarin & Steinmetz successfully guides clients through federal, state and local zoning, land use and environmental regulatory processes, including:

  • Site plan, special permit, and subdivision applications
  • Environmental impact review under SEQRA
  • Comprehensive plan & zoning text/map amendments
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Wetlands, steep slopes, floodplain, and other sensitive feature permits
  • Area and use variances
  • Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA)
  • Padavan Law and Fair Housing Act (FHA) compliance
  • County Planning review under New York General Municipal Law
  • Administrative Law
  • SHPO review/historic preservation
  • Green building/LEED certification
Recent News
Representing the purchaser, Jacob Amir spearheaded our client’s $14 million acquisition of an approximate 3 acres parcel in lower Westchester, including negotiating continued environmental remediation and obligations of various stakeholders. This purchase is part of a multi-tiered transaction, which also includes the anticipated formation of a long-term ground lease to occupy other commercial property for...
Lee J. Lefkowitz and Jaclyn Cohen, representing a property owner in Ossining, defeated a neighbor’s property owner’s motion for summary judgment in a case seeking to litigate a boundary-line dispute. As a defense, Z&S raised a claim of adverse possession, which Judge Janet Malone agreed raised a triable issue of fact sufficient to preclude the...
This week, Daniel Richmond and Kate Feinman obtained from the Town of Southeast Planning Board Site Plan, Conditional Use Permit, Architectural, and Wetland Permit Approval for a two-building logistics center/distribution facility, totaling 200,000 sf, with associated parking and loading spaces on a vacant property. Earlier this year, Dan and Kate also received approval of a...