Land Use

Pullman & Comley’s land use attorneys represent owners and developers through all phases of planning and permitting necessary for developing land in Connecticut.  We regularly appear before local land use agencies in all of Connecticut’s municipalities to obtain zone changes, site plan and special use approval, inland wetlands approval and the many other local approvals necessary to carry a project forward.  Whether a client proposes to do something as complex as building a large commercial or multi-family construction project, or something as apparently simple as putting an addition on a home, a Pullman & Comley land use lawyer can provide guidance through every step of the process.

Our attorneys represent clients in obtaining every type of municipal, state, or federal permit or approval that may be required for each project.  Our practice includes representation before local inland wetland agencies, planning and zoning commissions, historic district commissions, zoning boards of appeal, conservation commissions, architectural review boards, and all state and federal agencies with jurisdiction over land use.  We have also represented municipal land use boards and commissions, so we have a full understanding of the best ways to present an application to address their  legitimate concerns and obtain the desired approvals.  Our experience includes drafting amendments to zoning ordinances and entire new zoning codes to facilitate complex client projects.  Over the years, we have increasingly been involved in the drafting of real estate agreements to govern the operation of neighboring properties which share common facilities. Working with our firm’s other departments, we also create special taxing districts, handle real estate transactions, create special easements and land use restrictions when required for client needs.  We are experienced in managing the development of environmentally compromised property, including working with the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the EPA, and the Army Corps of Engineers.

In the event that land use issues must be litigated, our land use attorneys handle appeals before administrative agencies and in Superior and Appellate Court.  If federal issues are involved, we also litigate land use matters in Connecticut District Courts.  In select cases, we handle opposition to land use applications.  Many of our lawyers serve on municipal land use agencies themselves, or are in leadership positions in related professional land use organizations.

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