Peter A. Chacanias is an associate in Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer’s Land Use and Environmental teams, with a concentration in land use, redevelopment, tidelands, and related litigation. Mr. Chacanias represents commercial real estate developers and property owners on all aspects of the land development process, appearing before planning boards, zoning boards of adjustment and other municipal governing bodies in connection with site plan approvals, subdivisions, variances, rezoning applications, environmental permits, and access permits.
On the litigation side, Mr. Chacanias represents clients in connection with complex title disputes of all types, including boundary line disputes, quiet title actions, foreclosures, and all tidelands matters. He regularly appears before the Tidelands Resource Council to present applications for Riparian Grants, and has appeared before county and state agencies in connection with applications for Waterfront Development Permits and CAFRA Permits. Mr. Chacanias has also testified before the New Jersey Senate’s Judiciary Committee and the Community & Urban Affairs Committee regarding the legal and practical effects of proposed legislation on title practice in New Jersey.
Prior to joining Wilentz, Mr. Chacanias also served as Board Attorney for several municipal governing bodies throughout New Jersey, including the Point Pleasant Beach Planning Board, and the Zoning Boards of Adjustment for the municipalities of Little Egg Harbor, Toms River, and Summit, where he advised Board members and Township employees on zoning, municipal land use, and other local government issues.
Mr. Chacanias earned his law degree at Seton Hall University School of Law, where he was the recipient of the Presidential and Riccio Scholarships. He earned his undergraduate degree at Seton Hall University, where he graduated magna cum laude and received the Presidential Scholarship Award. He was also a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Golden Key International Honour Society.