ENY Zoning and Planning Breakfast Briefing: Purchase And Transfer Of Development Rights 

August 27, 2008

Sponsored By:
Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC
Saratoga Associates

Who Should Attend
City, Town & Village Officials including Planning Board Chairs & Board Members, Zoning Board Chairs & Board Members

Program Summary
The presenters will address the mechanics of setting up programs for the purchase or transfer of development rights and related policy and legal issues.

7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

  • What are PDR and TDR?
  • How do they work?
  • Advantages and disadvantages.
  • Current issues.

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®* 2008. He has represented counties, cities, towns and villages in both transactional and litigation matters. Mr. Feller 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). He 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.

* Copyright 2007 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

Robert F. Bristol, FASLA, MBA, is a founder of Saratoga Associates, a nationally recognized landscape architect, and an expert in the fields of regulatory compliance and environmental assessment. In addition to serving as Chairman of the Board and CEO of Saratoga Associates, he lectures nationally, is a frequent adviser to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and is a pioneer in the field of visual impact evaluation. Mr. Bristol and his firm address projects which are large and complex. The clients that are attracted to the firm tend to have very complicated issues and very legalistic needs, often with economic and fiscal implications for their community. In addition, the expectation is that these projects, beyond being functional, will also be beautiful.