Our land use team's experience touches every aspect of the zoning, land use and development in the five boroughs. We have represented residential, commercial, retail, and industrial owners and developers in the development and redevelopment of property around the City. This includes taking projects through ULURP and obtaining discretionary and non-discretionary approvals, including applications before the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals and the New York City Department of City Planning, and providing advice to clients about zoning compliance, urban planning, and economic development to advance our clients’ development goals.

Our Land Use Practice is a key part of our Pure Play in Real Estate and integral to transactions handled by our Real Estate Group.

Areas of attention:

  • Discretionary zoning actions including zoning map amendments subject to the City’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP)
  • Other land use approvals and entitlements including special permits, authorizations and certifications from City Planning Commission and Board of Standards and Appeals
  • Variances from the Board of Standards and Appeals
  • Strategic planning advice for site development
  • Site analysis for RFPs/RFIs
  • Advise on office to residential conversions
  • Approvals from NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission
  • Waterfront zoning analysis
  • Street closing and demappings
  • Revocable consents
  • Environmental Review and permits that support land use approvals
  • Voluntary and Mandatory Inclusionary Housing 
  • Economic development and tax incentive programs