Zoning And Land Use
With respect to zoning and land use matters, the attorneys at The West Firm, PLLC, have represented many businesses, landowners, municipalities and industrial operators on various controversial projects seeking local zoning approvals, including special use permits, site plan and subdivision approvals, use and area variances, nonconforming use determinations and exemptions from the local zoning laws.
Building Compelling Proposals
The firm’s attorneys assist their clients with assembling project proposals that comply with the community’s character and local planning requirements while also satisfying the project’s requirements.
They also have strong relationships with environmental and technical consultants, such as engineers, surveyors and planners, who assist them throughout the planning process to ensure that the project is compliant from a scientific perspective.
Regular Appearances Before Planning Bodies
Additionally, the firm’s attorneys frequently appear on behalf of the firm’s clients at public hearings and zoning and planning board meetings to provide assistance with educating the local community regarding the project as well as provide the firm’s expertise on the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR) to ensure that the project’s development will progress.
They are also equipped to represent their clients in commencing or defending against lawsuits, including Article 78 proceedings, that challenge the planning and/or zoning board’s decision relative to the project.
- Developed strategies to meet SEQR requirements consistent with the client’s unique projects, including developing a Generic Environmental Impact Statement studying a countywide E911 telecommunications system, completing a supplemental Environmental Impact Statement in 90 days for a proposed research and development park, creating a defensible record for negative declarations and developing Environmental Impact Statements and/or Generic Environmental Impact Statements for a variety of projects