Davidoff Hutcher & Citron has earned an exemplary reputation for our New York land use and zoning practice. Our land use attorneys advise clients on zoning and land use matters with an emphasis on how to realize their development expectations and maximize the value of their property. DHC has extensive experience navigating projects through the complex government review and approval process in New York City and on Long Island.

Our clients include landowners and prospective landowners, developers, engineers and architects. We counsel these clients on zoning and land use in terms of as-of-right development options and development rights transfers, as well as the steps to obtain necessary discretionary approvals such as zoning map changes, zoning text amendments, special permits, zoning variances and development on landmark properties. There is no project that is too small or too large to benefit from the experience of the firm’s land use attorneys – we have successfully represented a broad spectrum of land use clients, including one-family homeowners, the owners of small businesses, major developers, and public authorities.

Government relations is essential to obtaining needed discretionary land use approvals

When a client’s development objectives for a property require discretionary approvals such as a zoning amendment, special permit, variance or landmarks authorization, our land use lawyers have the in-depth experience to take the client’s project through what is often a highly complex public review process. An important adjunct to our land use and zoning representation is the firm’s government relations practice, which distinguishes Davidoff Hutcher & Citron from many other land use practitioners. Our seasoned government relations professionals are able to provide clients with important access to state and local elected officials as their projects move through the public review process, which is often critical to achieving a winning result. Our knowledge of New York City government, as well as the villages, towns and cities on Long Island, is an important key to our success.

Zoning and land use in real estate transactions

The knowledge and experience of our New York land use lawyers is invaluable to our real estate clients, who require a comprehensive understanding as to how local zoning and building codes regulate the use and development of property they own or may acquire. The collaborative efforts of our real estate lawyers and land use attorneys enable our clients to make informed decisions regarding real estate purchases, sales and financing.

By providing counsel to clients who are parties in real estate transactions, including buyers, sellers, and lenders, regarding current zoning parameters for the use and development of their property, the DHC’s clients gain an important understanding of the true present and potential value of the real estate. We also have extensive experience in providing transaction-based zoning opinions, as well as drafting and negotiating the complex documents involved in transferring development rights between properties.

New York City zoning and land use

Davidoff Hutcher & Citron has one of the premier New York City zoning and land use practices combining the experience of seasoned land use attorneys and government affairs professionals. From the time the firm was established by founding partner Sid Davidoff, we have been in the forefront of New York City’s zoning practitioners representing clients regarding the city’s complex land use review process. Our zoning and land use team is adept at navigating a project through the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) and related City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR), appearing regularly before the City Planning Commission and City Council. The firm’s zoning attorneys have a proven track record of representation before the Board of Standards and Appeals regarding zoning variances and appeals, and the firm is recognized for our work before the Landmarks Preservation Commission in connection with applications for certificates of appropriateness, as well as the designation of historic buildings and districts.

Long Island zoning and land use

On Long Island, Davidoff Hutcher & Citron is well known for our zoning, land use, and government affairs practice, with a well-deserved reputation as a leader in obtaining the approval of zoning variances, zoning map changes, and special permits, as well as site plan review approval and planning commission approval from Long Island’s zoning boards of appeal, planning commissions, and other local authorities. Our zoning and land use attorneys appear before all of Long Island’s village, town, and city boards and Commissions, and we have extensive experience in appearing before county agencies. Our zoning and government relations lawyers have been involved in various levels of local government on Long Island, and therefore know the public review and approval process first hand. The firm’s representation of various boards, cities, villages, towns, and municipalities on Long Island, affords our zoning, land use and government relations attorneys valuable insight and skill in the dealing with a broad range of issues that are important to our diverse client base on Long Island.

New York land use lawyers and the support of a full service firm

When clients choose Davidoff Hutcher & Citron for zoning and land use matters, they are enlisting the services of experienced New York land use lawyers, who can work together with a broad array of firm attorneys in other practice areas to address factors that may arise throughout the course of our representation, including administrative law, construction law, government relations, and real estate law.

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