Zoning and Land Use
For more than 100 years, New Jersey has experienced an outward migration from cities to suburban areas. In order to combat the effects of urban sprawl, New Jersey municipalities have passed some of the most stringent zoning ordinances in the entire nation. Whether your project is a simple home expansion, or a complex commercial construction, navigating through these ordinances can be a daunting task for a property owner. The Law Office of Michael D. Mirne, L.L.C has significant experience in zoning, planning and permitting matters with particular emphasis on commercial properties. We consistently work with some of the most highly respected and best-known engineering firms and architects in the region, who lend their expertise to the preparation of exhibits for our hearings, as well as credible testimony at those hearings.
The firm has counseled clients or appeared before zoning boards of adjustment, planning boards and governing bodies in municipalities throughout New Jersey in connection with zoning and land use matters. In addition to representation of petitioners, the firm has also represented objectors to zoning applications. In 2006, the firm successfully prevented a gas station from being built near a residential neighborhood.
We typically become involved with a project early on, beginning with a “highest and best use analysis” to determine the feasibility of a project and establish a regulatory framework within which to design it. If desired by our client, we will navigate the project through the planning, filing, and application review and approval process as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. We are also experienced in commercial real estate transactions, including leasing, and obtaining permits from state and county agencies.
The firm has also appeared before Construction Boards and defended clients on issues involving the BOCA Maintenance Code, and New Jersey’s Uniform Construction Code. Regardless of the size of the project, the Law Office of Michael D. Mirne, L.L.C. is prepared to assist clients with the myriad of development issues faced in today’s complex regulatory environment