Land Use & Municipal

Navigating a clear path for our clients through the complex terrain of zoning law. Land Use and Municipal

Long Island and New York area businesses must deal with a complex and growing body of zoning and other regulations governing the use of land. The land use attorneys at Farrell Fritz help them do it successfully. We represent zoning applicants – including major real estate developers, national retail chains, multinational corporations and other landowners – as well as municipalities in all phases of commercial, industrial and residential development. Our land use and municipal attorneys also work closely with our real estate and corporate and finance lawyers to help our clients avoid, resolve or mitigate problems that can arise when purchasing, financing and developing real property.

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Land Use and Zoning

From private homeowners to national retailers and developers, Farrell Fritz represents a diverse array of land use applicants in all aspects of the development approval process. Our land use and municipal attorneys regularly appear before municipal boards in connection with applications for zone changes, subdivisions, variances, special permits, site plans and architectural review and have significant expertise with the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) process that is required for most land use applications. We are also adept at procuring ancillary development permits and approvals, such as for municipal and on-site sewage disposal facilities. Our familiarity with, and knowledge of, the various local government agencies enables us to efficiently and effectively navigate the development process, from start to finish.

Municipal Representation

The firm has a long-standing tradition of government service, especially on the local, municipal level. Our team of lawyers includes several current and former elected officials who provide an invaluable perspective on the legal issues involved in managing a municipality or government agency. Farrell Fritz municipal attorneys have served as general or special counsel for numerous towns, villages and fire districts, defending lawsuits, drafting legislation and offering advice on labor, zoning, real estate, taxation and other municipal law matters.

Land Use Litigation

While we strive to enable our clients to successfully meet their goals without litigation, clients are occasionally left with no other option. Our land use attorneys have a proven track record litigating land use and zoning issues on behalf of both zoning applicants and local governments in federal, state and local courts and before administrative tribunals. Farrell Fritz is the attorney-of-record in some of New York State’s leading land use cases and has played a prominent role in lawsuits that interpret SEQRA.