Steven J. Tripp is chair of the Land Use team and has been a shareholder at Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A. since 1988. He focuses his practice on land use and redevelopment, regularly appearing before planning boards, zoning boards of adjustment and municipal governing bodies, as well as county and state agencies. He handles all aspects of the land development process, including site plans, subdivisions, variances, access permits, areas in need of redevelopment determinations and redevelopment plans. He negotiates agreements with governmental entities relating to the development of land. His practice encompasses all types of development projects in various industry sectors including commercial, office, industrial, warehouse, healthcare and residential.

Mr. Tripp's litigation practice includes actions in lieu of prerogative writs involving decisions of planning boards, zoning boards of adjustment and other governmental entities, as well as challenges to municipal ordinances and governmental actions regarding the redevelopment process.

Mr. Tripp also counsels both developers and financial institutions in connection with due diligence reviews relating to the permitting and approval process and its impact on land acquisition and financing.

Mr. Tripp is a frequent lecturer and a panelist in Institute for Continuing Legal Education programs and seminars before a variety of organizations, on land use and related topics. Since 2010, he has been a contributing author of Commercial Real Estate Transactions in New Jersey.

Mr. Tripp has been consistently ranked by Chambers USA since 2014 and has been distinguished with a Band 1 ranking since 2021. Since 2011, he has been consistently selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America for Land Use and Zoning Law, and Litigation – Land Use and Zoning, including as "Lawyer of the Year" in 2015 for Land Use and Zoning Law and in 2013 for Litigation – Land Use and Zoning. In addition, he has been recognized as a leading Land Use and Zoning lawyer by New Jersey Super Lawyers since 2005.

 

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