Land Use & Zoning
Hollis Laidlaw & Simon helps clients large and small navigate the complex world of zoning, planning, land use and environmental approvals. The Firm’s attorneys regularly represent clients before municipal boards for zoning changes, variances, site plan approvals, subdivisions, special use permits, wetlands permits, and other required approvals in Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, and Orange Counties. Our clients range from single-family homeowners to developers of major residential, commercial, industrial, retail, and waterfront projects. In addition to helping secure land use approvals for clients, the Firm takes care to create proper administrative records before these municipal agencies, thereby protecting the clients’ ability to seek legal redress in the courts. These rights include matters involving unconstitutional “takings,” arbitrary and capricious approval determinations or violations, affordable housing, excessive impact fees, illegal zoning regulations, and civil rights violations. Many of the Firm’s litigated matters have been landmark legal cases that have created important legal precedent.
The Firm assists individuals, developers, businesses, municipalities, not-for-profit, educational and religious institutions, and professional project teams in coordinating federal, state and local statutory, and regulatory environmental compliance. The Firm has extensive experience with the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), New York City Watershed Regulations, and local environmental laws. In addition to guiding clients through administrative and litigation processes, we counsel clients involved in commercial and real estate transactions with respect to due diligence, risk assessment, disclosure, legal liability, and financing issues. We also represent property owners to negotiate orders on consent with state and federal agencies in areas such as hazardous waste sites and oil spills.
The Firm has extensive experience successfully quarterbacking large and small scale commercial, industrial, and residential development projects throughout Westchester, Putnam, and Dutchess Counties from the conceptual stage to groundbreaking. The Firm’s partners are representing, and have represented, both private developers and municipalities in waterfront redevelopment projects, the scope of which have included obtaining zoning, planning, and environmental approvals and successfully prosecuting and defending related litigation. Representative projects include:
The attorneys of Hollis Laidlaw & Simon possess the experience and skills to achieve land use and environmental approvals. We also recognize that litigation has become an unfortunate component of the approval process. Our Firm as an unparalleled record in successfully defending and prosecuting our clients’ rights in land use litigation. This combination of skills allows our Firm to achieve results for our clients, results that translate into groundbreaking ceremonies.