Since 1981, Capalino has provided land use planning services to many of the largest real estate development companies in New York City. These include the developers of Hudson Yards, the West Side Railyards, the former St. Vincent’s campus in Greenwich Village, and Chelsea Market, in addition to countless small and mid-size projects.
Our land use experts specialize in helping our clients quickly and successfully secure City and State zoning and land use approvals. We combine technical advice on land use planning and procedures with an effective government and community relations strategy to help you manage risk and achieve your goals. We have a strong track record achieving favorable recommendations and determinations by community boards, borough presidents, the City Planning Commission and the City Council.
For as-of-right projects, our focus is to accelerate a project’s implementation timetable by expediting the myriad of municipal regulatory approvals and permits before construction commences and then during construction, leading to temporary and permanent certificates of occupancy.
Land use planning for larger scale commercial or residential projects usually requires significant pre-development support in preparation for the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) and environmental review. Working in close consultation with a sponsor’s project planner, architect and land use counsel, we frequently assume a project coordination role to achieve a comprehensive approval strategy and timetable.