Zoning and Land Use

At Senie and Associates, P.C., we have a long history of providing high quality,  responsive legal services to clients who are navigating a wide range of zoning and land use issues in Massachusetts. For example, a prospective or existing landowner may wish to re-zone land or obtain a special permit or variance to allow for a new use or structure. Our firm guides them through the local zoning and other development compliance processes and associated procedures, as well as any Massachusetts state law aspects governing land use, such as the Wetlands Protection Act. We work closely with environmental experts, architects, civil and acoustical engineers, as well as traffic and other experts as proposed developments make their way through hearings at Town Hall. We also handle zoning compliance enforcement requests and appeals of local zoning compliance actions. Senie and Associates, P.C. understands the concerns of the Town boards and commissions that review land use and zoning proposals and can find the right balance in order to maximize land use potential for our clients while making significant improvements to the community. We also represent neighbors and neighborhood groups concerned about land use projects proposed by others in their neighborhood and engage the land use system in a way that minimizes the negative impacts of new developments.

What We Can Help With

  • Re-zoning
  • Applying For/Procuring Special Permits, Variances and Site Plan Approvals
  • Appealing Local Permits
  • Enforcement Requests and Appeals of Local Zoning Compliance Matters to Permitting / Special Permitting Authorities (e.g., Zoning Board of Appeals)
  • Conservation Commission Actions on Requests for Determination of Applicability (RDA), Abbreviated Notices of Resource Area Delineation (ANRAD) and Notices of Intent (NOI)
  • Cease and Desist Orders
  • Minimizing Negative Impacts of New Developments
  • Litigation Following the Local Process