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Zoning and Land Use
Practice Area

Zoning and Land Use

Our land use attorneys recognize the interconnections between land use law, environmental law (including brownfields redevelopment, environmental permitting, and environmental impact review), municipal law, and renewable energy law and understand how to meet every unique client’s needs for large and small projects alike.  When necessary, our formidable team of land use litigators step in. Our attorneys have a long history of successfully challenging (and defending) municipal land use decisions.

In New York City, our attorneys provide zoning expertise and assist clients with:

  • Variance and special permit applications
  • Zoning text amendments
  • ULURP review
  • Transfer of unused development rights (air rights)
  • Permitting through the Department of City Planning
  • Proceedings before the Board of Standards and Appeals
  • Department of Buildings applications and appeals
  • Designation and permitting issues before the Landmarks Preservation Commission
  • Subdivisions and lot line adjustments

Outside of New York City, our attorneys represent municipalities, individuals, businesses and not-for-profit organizations on a variety of land use issues, including zoning amendments, site plan approvals, subdivision plans, special permits, variances, easements, historical preservation, and landmarks.  We provide zoning expertise for clients assessing the ability of a property to be developed and the siting of projects including:

  • Residential homes, multi-family development, and subdivisions
  • Commercial, retail, and mixed-use projects
  • Infrastructure, telecommunications, and utility projects
  • Renewable energy projects, including community solar generation
  • Marinas and waterfront developments
  • Sports and entertainment facilities
Development And Land Use
Environmental Review
Permitting and Litigation for Government-Sponsored Developments

The Governor Mario Cuomo Bridge

Location: Westchester, NY | Date: 2014

Sive, Paget & Riesel represented the New York State Thruway Authority, which together with the Metro North Railroad, a subsidiary of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, undertook the Tappan Zee Bridge/I287 Corridor environmental review. This process addressed the possible replacement of the Tappan Zee Bridge. The Firm advised the Project Sponsors with regard to the environmental review of the proposal pursuant to both NEPA and SEQRA, as well as to environmental permitting and related requirements.