Land Use: Zoning, Permitting & Litigation

Getting projects done

Carmody is one of the leading zoning and land-use firms in Connecticut. Our clients range from major international corporations to local and national developers, non-profits such as churches, schools, hospitals and clubs, as well as private homeowners and municipalities.  Whether representing private developers or municipalities, we work closely with town planners and land use agencies to identify potential legal issues early and offer practical, comprehensive solutions.

With a multidisciplinary, collaborative approach that draws on experience from our environmental, tax, finance, corporate, and dispute resolution practices, we are well-known for our ability to:

  • Handle diverse zoning and permitting issues, such as complex zone changes, special permit applications, site plan reviews, subdivisions, wetland reviews, coastal permit reviews and variances.
  • Represent clients before all municipal boards that have authority in zoning and land use issues, as well as state agencies such as the Office of State Traffic Administration (formerly known as the State Traffic Commission) and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
  • Litigate zoning issues in the Superior Court and represent clients in appeals to appellate courts on land-use issues, as we have on numerous occasions.
  • Work with development teams including land-use experts, architects, civil engineers, planners, traffic specialists and builders.

             

Deep insight into government workings

With decades of success and public sector experience, we understand the government, political and policy environments in which the decisions affecting our clients are made.  In Connecticut, our insight is a result of a long history of involvement with the state and municipalities.

  • Two of our attorneys served as Corporation Counsel for the City of Stamford and one served as Corporation Counsel for the City of Norwalk.
  • One attorney served as Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Stamford.
  • For a period of more than 30 years, members of the firm have represented the Town of Prospect as Town Attorney.
  • Members of the firm were engaged as Town Counsel for the Town of Woodbury for more than 25 years.
  • Our work for both Prospect and Woodbury has involved significant work on zoning and land use issues and cases for their boards.
  • The firm has served as special counsel to other municipalities and municipal agencies in connection with various land use matters.