Our approach to development and land use permitting often involves early consultations with local officials and planners, meetings with neighbors and other possible project opponents, active planning with engineers, consultants, and other members of the developer’s team, and thoughtful legal and factual arguments at public hearings.

Our Firm has successfully permitted dozens of commercial projects in Eastern Connecticut, ranging from shopping centers and historic mall renovations, to automobile dealerships and waterfront hotels.

The Firm’s experience in handling waterfront development, including client representation projects before the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and local zoning and wetlands commissions. We handle permitting and enforcement issues related to private docks, marinas, dockominiums and channel encroachments. We also have experience litigating and negotiating littoral and riparian rights. In 1994, our Firm successfully handled a significant case involving the proper methodology for defining the littoral boundary between waterfront properties, which resulted in the first ruling by the Connecticut Supreme Court on that subject in decades, Water Street Assocs. Ltd. Partnership  v. Innopak, 230 Conn. 764 (1994).

Attorneys in this Practice Area:

William R. Sweeney

William R. Sweeney

Zoning & Land Use, Environmental, Real Estate Transactions, Liquor Licensing, Gaming Law, Business Organizations and Public Utilities


Mark J. Cook

Public Utilities, Zoning & Land Use, Real Estate Transactions, and Business Organization