Hill Wallack LLP has one of the premier land use practices in New Jersey. Our Land Use Team provides comprehensive solutions to issues arising in every area of law affecting the land development permitting process at the local, county, state and federal levels.

Our Clients

Our Land Use Team represents private and public sector clients in all facets of land development. Our clients include some of the nation’s leading homebuilders, office and commercial developers, redevelopers, financial institutions, state and local redevelopment authorities, public transportation authorities, municipalities and local boards, and other public and private entities seeking to cope with land use regulatory issues.

We are also proud to serve as Land Use Counsel to the New Jersey Builders Association, representing the NJBA in a variety of concerns to the industry, including legislative, regulatory and litigation matters.

Clients count on Hill Wallack LLP’s Land Use Team to create solutions for many of the toughest challenges they face. Our extensive experience enables us to present a number of pragmatic options to our clients. Where we can, we work to avoid litigation. But when litigation is our clients’ only - or best - alternative, we provide aggressive, cost-effective advocacy, at the trial court and appellate levels, and before our state courts and the federal courts.

What We Do

  • Our attorneys are known for their successful pursuit of planning board approvals and development permits allowing construction of some of the largest developments in the State of New Jersey and, where required, litigation to obtain permits and approvals that have been wrongfully denied by the government.
  • We have represented developers and others in redevelopment projects of many varieties. Our work has included the preparation, analysis and critique of "area in need of redevelopment" designations, and redevelopment plans, studies and agreements.
  • We have represented clients in nearly every landmark land use case issued by our courts in New Jersey over the last few decades, including the Mount Laurel opinions striking down exclusionary zoning and regulations of the Council on Affordable Housing, redevelopment-related cases such as Gallenthin v. Paulsboro, cases evaluating the legality of development fees and other exactions, the Residential Site Improvement Standards, and the like.
  • We advise banks and other financial institutions on zoning and other regulatory issues affecting properties in which they have an interest.
  • We represent clients before the state agencies involved with the land development process, including the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Transportation, and the Council on Affordable Housing.
  • We advise clients on a variety of "green building" issues, including compliance with green building requirements.

Representative Matters

  • Pursuit of development application approvals for single-family and multi-family communities throughout the State, both large and small
  • Drafting and execution of redevelopment plans, ordinances and redevelopment agreements for both residential and nonresidential projects
  • New Jersey Supreme Court proceedings involving redevelopment law, the Mount Laurel doctrine, and other land use issues
  • Pursuit of client rezoning objectives before the courts and the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH)

  • Assisting the government with planning and zoning objectives, including provision of legal advice to the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) in the preparation and adoption of the Atlantic City Tourism District Master Plan

Our Land Use Team attorneys collectively bring decades of experience to the table, in areas ranging from the regulatory analysis of land at the outset, to the acquisition of all necessary permits and approvals, along with the litigation that often becomes necessary in today’s anti-growth atmosphere. The Land Use Team includes former state officials and other recognized leaders in land use law, including two former chairs of the Land Use Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association, and others who have served on its Board of Directors.

The Land Use Team is the legacy of firm founder Henry Hill, who pioneered in an area of the law – the Mount Laurel doctrine - affecting development throughout much of New Jersey for more than a quarter of a century. Over the years, the Hill Wallack LLP Land Use Team has built a reputation for uncommon devotion to the land use causes of our clients.

Our Land Use Team operates within a diversified law firm that is well-equipped to provide clients with comprehensive, cross-disciplinary solutions to achieve client objectives most efficiently. We work with colleagues knowledgeable in areas that include real estate financing and transactions, community association law, insurance coverage, bankruptcy and workouts, and other areas of interest to those with land use concerns.