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NYC Zoning and Land Use Assistance

NYC Zoning and Land Use Assistance

New York City’s Land Use and Zoning Attorney

When it comes to navigating the complex landscape of New York City’s land use and zoning laws, you need a trusted partner by your side. BBG is the premier law firm specializing in NYC zoning and land use assistance. With our expertise and in-depth knowledge of local regulations, we help clients maximize the value of their properties and realize their development expectations.

At BBG, we represent a diverse range of clients, including property owners, developers, educational and religious institutions, as well as licensed professionals such as engineers and architects. Our experienced team of attorneys understands the intricacies of NYC land use and zoning laws and has a proven track record of successfully guiding projects through the government review and approval process.

Our Areas of Focus as a New York Land Use Law Firm

As a leading land use law firm in New York City, we provide comprehensive assistance in various areas related to land use and zoning. Our services include:

Due diligence and analysis of development potential and zoning review for lenders

Before embarking on any construction project, it’s crucial to conduct thorough due diligence and assess the potential for development, enlargements and conversions. Our team assists clients in evaluating the feasibility and viability of their projects, considering factors such as zoning restrictions, environmental considerations, and community impact.

Transfers of development rights “air rights” transfers

The transfer of development rights allows property owners to maximize the value of their land by transferring unused development rights to another site. We provide guidance and representation in navigating the complex process of transferring air rights, ensuring compliance with all applicable regulations and securing the necessary approvals.

Affordable housing and the City’s Inclusionary Housing Program

Affordable housing is a critical component of New York City’s real estate landscape. Our firm is well-versed in the City’s Inclusionary Housing Program, which encourages the creation of affordable housing units in new developments. We assist clients in understanding the program requirements, applying for and transferring necessary certificates, and ensuring compliance throughout the development process.

Variance and special permit applications at the Board of Standards and Appeals

When a project deviates from existing NYC zoning regulations, obtaining a variance or special permit may be necessary. Our attorneys have extensive experience in preparing and presenting compelling applications to the Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) to secure the required approvals. We guide clients through the intricate process, advocating for their interests and increasing the likelihood of success.

Rezoning and special permit applications at the City Planning Commission

Rezoning offers opportunities for property owners to adapt to changing neighborhood dynamics and maximize the value of their assets. Our firm assists clients in rezoning applications, working closely with the City Planning Commission to navigate the process effectively. Additionally, we handle special permit applications, as well as zoning text amendments, authorizations and certifications, ensuring compliance with applicable regulations and advocating for our clients’ goals.

Requests to obtain favorable Zoning Resolution and Code Determinations

Understanding the nuances of the Zoning Resolution and Code (ZRD1 and CCD1) is essential for successful development projects. Our team assists clients in seeking favorable determinations from the Department of Buildings, clarifying specific NYC zoning provisions and code requirements to ensure compliance and smooth project implementation.

Appeals to the Board of Standards and Appeals

In some instances, disagreements of disputes arise regarding determinations made by the Department of Buildings. Our attorneys have the expertise to navigate the appeals process before the Board of Standards and Appeals, presenting compelling arguments and advocating for our clients’ rights. We aim to achieve favorable outcomes through persuasive appeals that consider both legal and practical considerations.

Approval by the Landmarks Preservation Commission

New York City’s rich history is preserved through its numerous landmarks and historic districts. Development within these protected areas requires approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission. BBG assists clients in obtaining the necessary approvals for outdoor advertising signs and developments in historic districts, ensuring compliance with preservation guidelines while allowing for responsible growth and progress.

Licensing, easement, and development agreements

Successful property development often involves complex legal agreements related to site assemblage, licensing, easements, and development rights. Our attorneys have the expertise to draft and negotiate these agreements, protecting our clients’ interests and ensuring smooth transactions. We provide guidance on property assemblage, access rights, and protection measures to facilitate seamless development processes.

Construction License Agreements / Access Agreements

We represent developers and property owners in connection with negotiating and drafting construction license agreements with adjacent property owners. The New York City Building Code requires building owners and developers to protect neighboring properties during the course of construction. To authorize the installation of these protections and access to an adjacent property, parties must negotiate written construction license agreements with neighbors. In the event that a construction license agreement cannot be negotiated between parties, we provide guidance and counsel to seek a license from the Court by commencing a special proceeding pursuant to Section 881 of New York’s Real Property Actions and Proceedings Law.

What Makes Us New York City’s Zoning Expert

At BBG, we pride ourselves on being recognized as the leading NYC zoning expert. Our firm’s success is built upon several key pillars:

Extensive experience: With years of experience in the field of land use and zoning, our attorneys have a deep understanding of the complex regulatory framework in New York City. We have successfully represented numerous clients in diverse projects, earning a reputation for excellence and effectiveness.

Strong relationships with regulatory agencies: Navigating the government review and approval process requires strong relationships with regulatory agencies. Our firm has established connections and working relationships with key agencies such as the City Planning Commission, Board of Standards and Appeals, Department of Buildings, Landmarks Preservation Commission, Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Department of Parks and Recreation, and Economic Development Corporation. These relationships enable us to effectively advocate for our clients’ development objectives and secure the necessary approvals.

Comprehensive knowledge of local regulations: NYC zoning and land use laws are intricate and continuously evolving. Our attorneys stay up-to-date with the latest regulations, ensuring our clients receive accurate and timely advice. We understand the nuances of the Zoning Resolution, Building Code, Multiple Dwelling Law and other relevant laws, allowing us to provide comprehensive guidance tailored to each client’s unique needs.

Client-centered approach: At BBG, our clients are at the center of everything we do. We take the time to understand their goals, challenges, and aspirations. Our attorneys work closely with clients, providing personalized attention and crafting strategies that align with their objectives. We are committed to delivering exceptional service and achieving the best possible outcomes for our clients.

Contact Us Today to Solve Your NYC Zoning Needs

When it comes to navigating the complexities of NYC zoning and land use laws, BBG is your trusted partner. Our team of experienced attorneys is ready to assist you in realizing your development expectations and maximizing the value of your property. With our in-depth knowledge, strong relationships with regulatory agencies, and client-centered approach, we are well-equipped to handle any zoning or land use challenge.

Here at BBG, not only are we effective litigators and negotiators for our clients, we are also a trusted resource.

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