Our land use and environmental practice has a solid reputation for helping clients manage complex real estate development matters and obtaining critical government approvals for matters of all types and sizes.
Our capabilities span the entire real estate development process. We advise on everything from zoning changes, special permits, variances and related entitlements to development rights transfers and matters involving historic and landmark preservation issues. We can also help you identify and obtain real estate tax abatements and economic incentives, and manage environmental risks by conducting due diligence, providing compliance counseling, and assisting with regulatory permitting and approvals for brownfield, superfund and other environmentally contaminated sites.
The members of our land use and government relations teams are well-connected to local, state and federal officials, and can use those relationships to initiate, advocate and expedite matters of critical importance to our real estate clients.
A number of our attorneys joined Herrick after serving in prominent public sector positions, including a former commissioner of the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals, a former director of the Department of City Planning, a former member of the City Council's land use committee, two former members of U.S. Congress, and a former senior member of Mayor Bloomberg's legislative affairs team. They represent clients in their interactions with key government agencies, provide political advocacy, assist with navigating thorny matters through government approvals, and represent clients in large-scale real estate development projects that fall under the New York City Uniform Land Use Review Process (ULURP).
We are also one of the few law firms in the region to have non-attorney urban planners on staff, including a former director of planning for the Manhattan borough president's office, a former member of the Department of City Planning's Transportation Division, and a planner certified in LEED – the green building rating system for measuring sustainable building and development practices.
For up-to-date information and perspectives on local land use, zoning and environmental laws and issues please visit ZONE, Herrick's Land Use and Environmental Blog at www.herrick.com/zone.