Land Use, Permitting and Zoning

Navigating clients through the regulations, zoning ordinances, permitting and other legal matters needed to bring development projects to fruition.

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Phillips Lytle has one of the leading Land Use, Permitting and Zoning practices in New York State and has been instrumental in obtaining local land use and other regulatory approvals and permits that have transformed the landscape across New York State.

We have appeared before hundreds of land use agencies across the State and conducted numerous, important land use litigation. We take great pride in remaining on the cutting edge of new legal developments in land use planning to assure effective representation of our clients in an increasingly regulated environment. We are especially adept at expediting complex and controversial land development, including mixed-use urban development, commercial, e-commerce and industrial projects; and navigating the various federal, state, county and local land use regulations to streamline the development process. Our clients rely on our solution-driven approach to advance innovative projects, such as smart growth and transit-oriented development and to tackle complex legal issues, such as vested rights and incentive zoning.

We assist a variety of clients from small property owners to Fortune 500 companies. We help our clients obtain any approvals that may be required under applicable zoning regulations, including site plan approval; special, restricted and conditional use permits; area and use variances; site rezoning and text amendments; and/or cluster and planned unit developments approval. Because of our years of experience managing complex development matters that require numerous land use regulation permits or approvals from many federal, state and local 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 for future development
  • Cooperative outreach to all involved and interested local, state and federal agencies
  • Simultaneous review and processing of applications by various regulatory authorities to ensure land use and zoning regulations are met
  • Coordination and outreach with the community to open lines of communication and minimize neighborhood opposition, where appropriate
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Lauren Adornetto Associate
Molly K. Brennan Special Counsel
David L. Cook Partner
Flora Donovan Associate
Matthew J. Fitzgerald Senior Associate
Marc H. Goldberg Special Counsel
Lindsey E. Haubenreich Partner
Adam D. Herron Associate
Kimberly R. Nason Partner
James R. O’Connor Partner
John A. Pappano Of Counsel
Thomas F. Puchner Partner
Adam S. Walters Partner
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