Land Use Development, Zoning and Permitting

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Real estate developers, owners, tenants and investors regularly engage Smolak & Vaughan as counsel in a wide variety of zoning, land use permitting, compliance, and other entitlement matters on the local, state and federal levels on numerous high-profile real estate projects throughout New England. 

We team with our clients to navigate through all aspects of the development process, including...

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Development Process

  • Project planning and feasibility, including due diligence review of zoning, land use and other permitting issues to identify potential challenges, obstacles and opportunities;
  • Identifying key stakeholders and other participants early in the process and facilitate dialogue with neighbors and other stakeholders;
  • Reviewing zoning requirements and site histories to determine whether existing buildings and land comply with zoning, and to identify value add opportunities for expansion or redevelopment potential;
  • Implementing rezoning strategies, and working with the project engineers, architects and other project team members to ensure permit applications and follow-up are accurate, effective, consistent, timely and on budget;
  • Securing local zoning, special permit and other approvals under zoning ordinances or by-laws, and coordinating the process with state and local entitlements to ensure the process maximizes opportunities to compress the development schedule to ensure the process is efficient, timely and complete; 
  • Defending project zoning approvals and other permits from administrative appeals and court challenges by abutters, special interest groups, and other third parties; and,
  • Examining potential public/private partnerships to secure funding and other value-add opportunities such as tax increment financing and the MassWorks Infrastructure Program through the new Community One Stop for Growth process designed to facilitate infrastructure improvements and permitting.



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East & West Mills

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North Shore CDC

Harbor Village

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Princeton Properties

Mixed Use Project

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