In The Spotlight: Christopher Collins


Chris CollinsNavigating New York’s land use and zoning laws is a real hurdle when looking to develop a property. Christopher Collins, former Commissioner and Vice Chair of the NYC Board of Standards and Appeals, has proven to be one of the most effective land use strategists in New York City.  He advises a broad range of clients on land use strategy for residential and commercial development projects from conception through all City and State approvals.

Chris has an extensive knowledge of government processes and its institutional history, understanding the complexities of agency operations to help achieve favorable determinations for our clients. He focuses on permitting, zoning changes, and navigating our clients through the major land use bodies in New York City, including the Landmarks Preservation Commission, BSA, NYC Council, and the Buildings Departments.

His technical expertise on land use planning and procedures is complemented by his comprehensive knowledge of key decision-makers, which is critical to our client’s success or failure.

After all, “We know who, we know how.”

Chris served in a variety of capacities in New York City government for almost 30 years, most recently as a Commissioner and the Vice Chair of the Board of Standards & Appeals hearing and deciding zoning variance cases, special permits and administrative appeals.

After graduating from Saint Francis University and Duquesne University School of Law, Chris put his law degree in his back pocket and focused on the arts: singing, dancing, and theater. His mother owned a dance studio, so since the age of four the arts have been a major part of his life.

Spending his weekends on Fire Island, Chris has become an avid gardener and bird watcher.

About Chris

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