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Advocating For Developers In Land Use And Zoning Law

Land developers have big plans for which they expect to successfully follow through. Their ideas for commercial, residential and industrial projects may boost the economy, help families and create jobs. But before they can accomplish any of this, they need the OK from local planning and zoning boards. An experienced land use and zoning attorney can be your ally.

With decades of experience, Garofalo O'Neill Ruggierio LLC, in Parsippany, New Jersey, has the insight and knowledge to help our large and small developer clients take the necessary steps to get their projects launched. We will represent you in front of planning and zoning boards, while doing our best to get your project approved.

Getting Approvals, Getting Results

Efficiency, speed and accuracy are crucial in getting applications in front of local zoning boards. Our team has done this with every intention toward obtaining approval. In collaborating with our clients, we provide realistic expectations and identify the necessary approvals and variances for projects. These have included multisite project rollouts such as banks, grocery stores and telecommunications ventures.

Because we know how planning and zoning boards operate, our attorneys anticipate what may happen at each hearing. While many boards are willing to work with developers, others may prove problematic. If the local boards offer any resistance, we will take them to court while enforcing the rights of our clients. The boards along with local and city government officials may be more willing to work with us under the threat of a lawsuit.

When Do I Need To Hire A Land Use Lawyer In New Jersey?

While hiring a land use lawyer in New Jersey isn’t mandatory for every property situation, it can be a wise investment when you want to avoid legal headaches. Experienced attorneys possess specialized legal knowledge of the often-complex zoning regulations and ordinances that vary significantly between municipalities.

For instance, if you’re planning renovations or additions that don’t quite fit the zoning code, a seasonal lawyer can guide you through applying for a variance. A variance is permission to deviate from specific regulations or restrictions.

Land use lawyers are also valuable in navigating disputes with neighbors or the municipality. These disputes can arise from concerns about property lines, noise ordinances or potential environmental impacts of your project. Involving a land use lawyer early on can increase your chances of project approval.

What Is A Variance?

In New Jersey, a variance is a legal exemption granted by the local municipality when your planned property changes, such as construction or expansion, conflict with the established zoning regulations. Zoning codes dictate the type of development permitted in different areas to ensure a cohesive and organized community. For example, if your project throws a wrench into this system, exceeding height restrictions or lot size limitations, a variance allows you to deviate slightly from the regulations.

Obtaining a variance is not easy. You have to follow a multistep legal process before a local zoning board, showing both that there is valid justification for your request and that a variance would not substantially impair the overall goal of the zoning ordinance or the public good. A land use attorney can significantly improve your chances of success. They can guide you through the entire process, helping you gather evidence demonstrating your project’s merits and craft a compelling argument explaining why the variance is necessary.

Aggressive And Experienced, So Call Now

Thorough, experienced and aggressive, Garofalo O'Neill Ruggierio LLC, in Parsippany, New Jersey, understands the legal complexities in land use and zoning matters. We advocate for developers who seek to get their projects started and completed. Solid negotiators and experienced litigators, our attorneys have the skills to help.

For a consultation, please contact us through our email form or call 973-335-3131.