Ashley Doukas chairs the Land Use Practice and represents clients in a broad range of real estate development matters with an emphasis on land use, zoning, and related environmental issues.

Ms. Doukas has specialized in land use and zoning in New York City and has successfully led some of the largest private land use applications presented to the City in the past five years.  She has experience preparing and presenting applications before the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals, the New York City Department of City Planning, and the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.  She is well-informed on city-wide land use initiatives and experienced in analyzing and interpreting the New York City Zoning Resolution, the New York City Building Code, the New York State Multiple Dwelling Law, and other administrative agencies’ rules and regulations. 

A representative sampling of Ms. Doukas' matters includes:

  • Advised client on the acquisition and conversion of a commercial property into to a warehouse and logistic center in the Bronx.
  • Successfully led the Sheridan Boulevard Rezoning, which rezoned unused manufacturing land to a high density residential district on the Bronx River permitting the construction of approximately 1,000 affordable homes and 3 acres of public waterfront outdoor space.
  • Advised client on the repositioning of their commercial office portfolio for additional amenity space and outdoor public space.
  • Represented a consortium of land owners in the creation of the Special Flushing Waterfront District, which will allow for the development of over 2 million sq. ft. of mixed use buildings across 29 acres of land and will include a waterfront park and private street network.
  • Obtained approval from the Board of Standards and Appeals to vest hotel permits under prior law allowing the client to continue construction and not be subject to the Hotel Special Permit.

Prior to joining Adler & Stachenfeld, Ms. Doukas was at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP in the firm's land use and zoning practice group.  She is admitted to practice in New York.



  • Member, The Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), Housing Committee