Environmental, Land Use & Development, and Zoning & Planning Law

Attorneys Ready to Assist with New York State Environmental Law, Land Use and Land Development, and Zoning & Planning Matters

Land use laws and regulations can seem simple, but even small proposed changes in a property's use can require legal assistance. Whether you are operating a small business out of your home (home occupation) or embarking upon a complex subdivision or commercial construction, you need help navigating the legal obstacles to achieve your land use goals. Coughlin & Gerhart has attorneys with extensive knowledge of all components of land use law and the competing interests of municipalities, developers, and opponents.

We assist developers with all aspects of new projects:

  • Zoning Law review
  • State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) requirements
  • Presentations at land use boards (Zoning Boards of Appeals, Planning Boards/Commissions, etc.)
  • Zoning applications
  • Zoning changes
  • Use variances
  • Area variances
  • Overlay districts
  • Project development
  • Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) applications
  • Related project obstacles

Our team is also ready to assist you with concerns about proposed land use changes. We have also successfully assisted with project opposition, including environmental concerns, land use density, neighborhood character, and other concerns.

Both as general counsel and special counsel, Coughlin & Gerhart has been retained by various municipalities to provide special assistance to their municipal boards during complicated reviews of proposed land use activity, including litigation that sometimes follows highly controversial applications. Coughlin & Gerhart also assists municipalities with the development or revision of a comprehensive plan and zoning laws.

Talk to one of our experienced land use/environmental attorneys. We can help you achieve your land use goals.

Contact Coughlin & Gerhart

To arrange a consultation with one of our firm's Public Law attorneys, contact our firm via email or call our Binghamton headquarters at 607-821-2202, toll free 800-646-3420.