Commercial Real Estate
Practice Area

Land Use & Zoning


With a clear understanding of the complexities of land use and zoning law, Hackett Feinberg guides clients through all aspects of permitting multiunit, residential, and mixed-use real estate developments of all sizes across Massachusetts.

Clients rely on our team of experienced land use attorneys to help them navigate the complexities of zoning and land use regulation in their particular municipality, including the City of Boston. We advise on issues that range from the permitting cycle and initial project planning guidance to representation before municipal authorities to pursuing or defending appeals actions.

We are fluent in the highly specific state and federal laws pertaining to wetlands and rivers, coastal protection, hazardous wastes, toxic air contaminants, solid wastes, air and water quality, and historic preservation. We have successfully advised on land use and zoning issues that range from environmental-impact analysis and clearances to development entitlements and permit processing.

Moreover, we represent lenders in assessing the land use implications of their transactions and analyze the impact of state and federal legislation, local ordinances, and pending litigation on real property collateral and real estate-owned assets. We also review the status of entitlements and other land use matters pertaining to real property secured by existing and proposed construction and permanent loans.

Our experience includes advising on land use and zoning issues for all types of commercial real estate initiatives, such as:

  • Affordable housing developments
  • Hotels and resorts
  • Industrial and R&D facilities
  • Mixed-use developments
  • Office buildings and developments
  • Recycling and industrial facilities
  • Redevelopment projects
  • Rehabilitation of historic structures
  • Residential and recreational projects
  • Retail and shopping centers
  • Self-storage facilities


Let’s Get to Work!

To learn more about how we can help, please contact Shaun Briere at 617.422.0200.