Sheehan Phinney’s experienced team of land use attorneys counsel clients before Planning Boards, Zoning Boards of Adjustment, Boards of Selectmen, City Councils, and Aldermanic Boards in cities and towns across New England and are recognized for their ability to handle the complicated and frequently contentious issues in this ever-changing practice area. Our experience handling these cases enables us to identify potential problems; anticipate and prevent challenges to zoning, planning and land use scenarios; and formulate effective strategies to work with local officials, landowners, abutters and developers to disarm opposition groups in order to reach consensus.
Land use cases also often trigger regulatory issues at the local, state, and national level. Sheehan Phinney’s status as a full-service law firm permits us to draw in attorneys from our environmental, energy, and other practice groups as needed to seamlessly respond to any such issues. Sheehan Phinney’s reputation and familiarity with land use issues also allows us unfettered access to the top structural, engineering, and environmental experts needed to win the more difficult cases. Our lawyers also have substantial experience and are highly skilled at creating the factual record needed to successfully prosecute or defend appeals at both the trial court and appellate court levels in both the state and federal systems.