The Land Use attorneys at Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A. represent real estate developers, investors, property owners,  companies, religious institutions and other non-profit entities, state authorities, agencies and municipal, state and county entities in connection with all phases of land use approvals at all governmental levels and related regulatory matters, as well as litigation and appeals involving the approval and permitting process and redevelopment.

We provide representation on a wide range of land use matters including site plans, variances, subdivisions, developer agreements, access permits, rezoning, master plans, redevelopment plans and affordable housing. We have an active land use litigation practice, including challenges to decisions of planning and zoning boards of adjustment and other governmental agencies; challenges to zoning ordinances and regulations; affordable housing; and claims pursuant to the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA).

Our team handles a variety of residential, commercial, industrial and institutional projects, including healthcare facilities, warehouse and distribution centers, office parks, hotels, religious institutions, petroleum terminals, refineries, service stations, banks, and single-family and multi-family residential projects. Wilentz ranked among the top ten real estate and land use practices in New Jersey by Chambers USA 2018 for a “significant land use practice, with notable expertise in rezoning, site planning and obtaining land use approvals, which bolsters the firm’s ability to handle a whole host of redevelopment work,” and, based in part on clients and market sources that describe our team as “top notch” and “one of the premier land use firms."

Some of the landmark projects that we have handled have included:

  • New Brunswick Cultural Center
  • Village Green on the Park in Roselle, N.J.
  • Warehouse/distribution centers in Newark, Edison, Piscataway currently occupied by FedEx, Amazon and HelloFresh
  • Newark Energy Center
  • The Rockefeller Group Foreign Trade Zone/8A Industrial Park in Cranbury Township
  • Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge Township
  • Edison Tyler Estates Planned Residential Development in Edison
  • Commons/Cedar Village/Meridian Health Care mixed-use development in Holmdel
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Regional Cancer Centers in Middletown and Montvale

Our team coordinates with our colleagues throughout the firm on matters such as transactions and leasing, construction agreements and litigation, so that clients obtain representation from contract or lease negotiation to the issuance of building permits.

Our lawyers regularly lecture for the Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) and the New Jersey Builders Association, and three of us have served as Chairs of the New Jersey State Bar Association Land Use Section. Our team leader Steven Tripp is a member of the New Jersey Builders Association’s Legislative Affairs Committee and serves as Chair of the Master Sponsor Committee. We participate on several advisory committees of our clients’ trade organizations, interacting with legislative and administrative agencies on statutory and administrative proposals and policies. Other organizations include the Middlesex County Bar Association, the National Association of Office and Industrial Properties (NAIOP), the Industrial Commercial Real Estate Women’s Association, the Middlesex County Workforce Investment Group, and the Middlesex County Youth Investment Council.

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Anne S. Babineau
Shareholder
732.855.6057

Stephen E. Barcan
Of Counsel
732.855.6055

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David S. Gordon
Shareholder
732.855.6078

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Christopher D. Hopkins
Counsel
732.855.6067

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Lawrence F. Jacobs
Shareholder
732.855.6167

Donna M. Jennings
Shareholder
732.855.6039

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Laurie E. Meyers
Shareholder
732.855.6065

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Steven J. Tripp
Shareholder
732.855.6076

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Yin Zhou
Associate
732.855.6195