Land Use and Zoning

Land use, zoning, comprehensive permits and planning are among P&A’s chief areas of practice. We have handled cases in all levels of the court system, as well as before administrative bodies such as the Department of Environmental Protection and the Housing Appeals Committee. The types of cases we have litigated successfully include:

  • Exempt Uses
  • Special permits
  • Comprehensive permits
  • Variances
  • Subdivisions and approval not required plans
  • Nonconforming uses and structures
  • Challenges to zoning and general by-laws
  • Board of health issues
  • Wetlands appeals, both state and local
  • Civil rights and torts
  • Zoning enforcement
  • Wetlands enforcement
  • Historic Preservation
  • Site plan review

P&A also maintains an emphasis on pre-litigation advice, and we are actively involved in:

  • Drafting and reviewing zoning and comprehensive permit decisions
  • Advising town officials and boards during the hearing process
  • Drafting and reviewing orders of conditions and other orders on behalf of conservation commissions
  • Drafting and reviewing zoning and general bylaws for municipalities of all sizes
  • Smart Growth/Chapter 40R/Expedited Permitting

Our expertise and track record of success in these areas makes P&A a state leader in land use law.

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