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Land Use & Zoning

Mackenzie Hughes has represented the developers of some of Upstate New York’s favorite shopping malls and grocery stores in their development of new, neighborhood-friendly projects. We guided the developers through the municipal “right–to-build” process, including highly publicized public hearings, and won dismissal of court challenges. The projects are now fully built, operational and widely popular throughout the region.

Property owners and developers who need counsel on any legal issue related to real property gain confidence from knowing that our diverse group of land use attorneys have handled virtually every conceivable type of zoning issue that you could confront. We represent owners, developers, lenders, individuals and municipal boards in the entire spectrum of commercial and residential transactions, including some of the largest developments in Central New York such as major shopping malls and related commercial establishments, office complexes, schools, factories and not-for-profit entities.

We represent leading financial institutions and developers in all aspects of their projects, including:

Land Use Matters

  • “Right-to-build” hearings involving zoning, site planning, subdivisions, and special permits before local municipal boards
  • Negotiating construction and permanent loan commitments
  • Public hearings
  • Preparing purchase agreements and easements
  • Pursuing tax-exempt financing through industrial development agencies

Zoning Matters

  • Site plan applications
  • Special use applications
  • Variance applications
  • Resolution of alleged violations
  • Hearings
  • Appeals

Our other real estate-related work includes serving as examining counsel for title insurance companies and regularly addressing issues affecting title, including title insurance coverage. Plus, we have extensive experience in all phases of the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) process.



W. Bradley Hunt Named Partner at Mackenzie Hughes LLP

SYRACUSE, NY – W. Bradley Hunt was recently elected to the partnership at Mackenzie Hughes LLP. Since joining the firm in 2004, Hunt’s practice has focused on business litigation and environmental and land use law. He has handled state and federal cases in both trial and appellate courts and has extensive experience in motion practice…

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