Environment

Phillips Lytle has one of the leading Land Use & Zoning law practices in New York State, having appeared before hundreds of agencies across the State and conducted numerous important land use litigation. We assist a variety of clients from local business owners and developers, to FORTUNE 500 companies. We help them with site plan reviews; special, restricted and conditional use permits; area and use variances; rezonings; and cluster and planned unit developments. We also expedite complex and controversial development matters involving numerous permits or approvals from many regulatory agencies and/or significant community opposition. We emphasize:

  • An integrated team approach, which coordinates the roles and responsibilities of clients, consultants, contractors and other professionals
  • Development of Pre-Application Project Implementation Plans to establish clear and concise responsibilities and timelines
  • Cooperative outreach to all involved and interested local, state and federal agencies
  • Simultaneous review and processing of applications by various regulatory authorities
  • Coordination and outreach with the community to open lines of communication and minimize neighborhood opposition, where appropriate

We also have extensive experience in coordinating zoning reviews with Environmental Impact Reviews pursuant to SEQRA and NEPA, cultural resource reviews in consultation with the State Historic Preservation Office, and wetland permitting in consultation with the United States Army Corps of Engineers and NYSDEC.

Land Use & Zoning