Land Use

Our office has a well established expertise in the areas of Land Use and Zoning in New Jersey. Partner, Stuart D. Liebman, serves as the attorney for the Glen Rock Zoning Board of Adjustment. Partner, Tom Wells, chairs the Bristol, Vermont Planning Commission.

Land use attorneys from our office have appeared before literally hundreds of Boards and governing bodies on behalf of clients. Matters handled range from large subdivisions and complicated and commercial development applications, to signs of every type and residential homeowner matters. In this increasingly sophisticated area of practice, we work closely with site engineers, professional planners, traffic experts, and architects, and frequently put together a team of professionals to work to meet the client’s application needs.

We represent our Land Use clients before the following Boards and Agencies:
  • Planning Boards and Boards of Adjustment
  • Department of Transportation
  • County Planning Boards and Soil Conservation Districts
  • New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Energy
  •  …and other approving agencies.
Described below is a representation list of our sub-areas and experience within this practice area:
  • Affordable Housing
  • Areas in need of Redevelopment and Rehabilitation
  • Auto Dealerships
  • Business Sign Approvals
  • Challenges to Zoning Interpretations and Determinations
  • Developer’s Agreements
  • Downtown Revitalization
  • Environmental Issues
  • Grading Permits
  • Hotels
  • Housing Developments
  • Industrial Buildings
  • Inherently Beneficial and Not for Profit Uses
  • Master Plan Examination
  • Medical Complexes and Hospitals
  • Mixed Use Developments
  • Multi-Family Housing
  • Nursery School and Day Care Centers
  • Nursing Homes and Assisted Living
  • Office Buildings
  • Performance Bonding and Release
  • Planning Boards
  • Quiet Title Disputes
  • Recreational Facilities
  • Restaurants
  • Retail
  • Retail Centers
  • Senior Citizen Housing
  • Setbacks and Area Restrictions
  • Shopping Centers and Supermarkets
  • Site Plan Approvals
  • Special and Conditional Use Approvals and Permits
  • Special Improvement Districts
  • Subdivision Approvals
  • Variances
  • Zoning Boards
  • Zoning Changes
  • Zoning Interpretation
  • Zoning Opinions
  • Zoning Ordinances
This is the team that will help you with land use needs:

Ramsey Auto Group has been involved with Jim Jaworski and WJ&L for over 15 years. Jim’s land use expertise has been an integral part of the Ramsey Auto growth over this period. Whether our dealership is located in Mahwah, Maywood, Ramsey or Upper Saddle River, Jim knows how to navigate the local waters through to approvals. We look forward to continuing our successful relationship with Jim and his firm.

- Ray Van Duren, CEO, Frank Minervini, COO, Ramsey Auto Group

New Jersey has become an increasingly difficult, and almost impossible place to do real estate development and land use transactions. When we face those challenges in Northern New Jersey, Garden Homes looks to Wells, Jaworski and Liebman to help us get the permits and approvals we need for our projects. Notwithstanding all of the difficult challenges, we have enjoyed great success together.

- Scott Loventhal, Director of Development, Garden Commercial and Garden Homes