Bond Breakfast Briefing: Case Law Update on Zoning and Planning 8/16/09

August 16, 2009

Who Should Attend
High ranking municipal and planning officials along with corporation counsel, village and town attorneys, developers, real estate professionals, land use consultants and engineering firms, banks and lenders.

8:00 - 8:30 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Program Summary
Topics to be discussed include:

  • Subdivision, site plan approval and variances.
  • Non-conforming uses, vested rights
  • Standing, Statute of Limitations
  • SEQRA, Comprehensive Planning


Robert H. Feller is a graduate of Union College (B.S., 1974), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (M.B.A., 1995) and Albany Law School of Union University (J.D., 1977).

Mr. Feller concentrates his practice in municipal, environmental and land use law. He held the position of Assistant Commissioner (1986-95) at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Mr. Feller is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2010*.

Mr. Feller has represented counties, cities, towns and villages in both transactional and litigation matters. He has represented them before State administrative agencies, in challenges to administrative decisions (Article 78) as well as in affirmative litigation (e.g., public nuisance claims). Mr. Feller has addressed matters involving municipal infrastructure development (water and sewer projects) which entailed environmental impact review, establishment of special districts, eminent domain proceedings, revisions to local zoning and land use laws as well as the procurement of regulatory approvals from DEC and other agencies. He has acted as counsel to two tax districts on foreclosure matters.

Mr. Feller has also assisted municipalities in the redevelopment of contaminated properties (brownfield projects) and on other development projects that involved public-private partnerships.

Mr. Feller is a member of the New York State Bar Association (Executive Committee and Co-Chair, Committee on Continuing Legal Education, Environmental Law Section (1995-present)). He is admitted to practice in New York and before the Federal Bar.

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