Law Seminars International Presents: A Comprehensive One-Day Workshop on

Land Use
Recent developments in zoning, land use and building controls

(For this past program, we offer two options for purchase: a Homestudy (DVD and written materials) or written materials alone.)

November 8, 2010
Hilton Times Square Hotel in New York, NY

Who Should Order This Homestudy

Attorneys, real estate professionals, land owners, developers, governmental officials, planners, consultants and engineers

Why Order

New York City adopted the nation's first comprehensive set of zoning controls in 1916, known as the Building Zone Resolution. By 1926, all but five of the 48 states had adopted zoning enabling acts that were the foundation for comprehensive zoning ordinances in many hundreds of municipalities throughout the United States.

However, New York City continues to be in the forefront of the nation's cities utilizing zoning and other land use and buildings controls to shape the ways in which its citizens live, work and play. During the last eight years of the Bloomberg Administration alone there have been over 100 Zoning Map amendments affecting more than 8,600 blocks throughout the city's five boroughs. In addition, there have been innovative changes in recent years to the text of New York City's Zoning Resolution, which impact on the development of the city's waterfront, production of affordable housing, and introduction of fresh food retail stores in low and moderate income neighborhoods, just to name a few.

This seminar will be an opportunity to learn about many of these changes and other recent developments from attorneys, architects, planners and government officials who are in the vanguard of New York City's land use practice.

~ Mitchell Korbey, Esq. and Howard S. Weiss, Esq., Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn


Monday, November 08, 2010

8:00 am

Regitration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 am

Introduction and Overview

Mitchell Korbey, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Herrick, Feinstein LLP / New York, NY

Howard S. Weiss, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Davidoff Malito & Hutcher LLP / New York, NY

8:45 am

Recent Developments: A Vision of New York City's Future Expressed Through Neighborhood Rezonings and Zoning Text Amendments

How has the last eight years of zoning map and text amendments altered to the way in which New Yorkers live, work and play? What public and private zoning initiatives lay ahead?

Mitchell Korbey, Esq., Program Co-Chair, Moderator
Herrick, Feinstein LLP / New York, NY

Howard H. Slatkin, Deputy Director, Strategic Planning
New York City Department of City Planning / New York, NY

The Hon. Leroy G. Comrie, Jr., Councilman and Deputy Majority Leader, Land Use Committee
New York City Council / New York, NY

Melinda Katz, Esq.
Greenberg Traurig, LLP / New York, NY

10:15 am


10:30 am

As-of-Right Development: Role of the Department of Buildings in Interpreting the Zoning Resolution and Construction Code

The extent to which Zoning Resolution Determination (ZRDI) and Contruction Code Determination (CCDI) reviews the character of the department's function from ministerial to discretionary

Phyllis Arnold, Esq., Co-Executive Director
The Center for Code Reform / Brooklyn, NY

Howard Goldman, Esq.
GoldmanHarris, LLC / New York, NY

Ronald Ogur, P.E., Consulting Engineer
Ronald Ogur PC / Syosset, NY

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

Staying Ahead of the Curve: Zoning Changes and Vested Rights In New York City

Practices and procedures to obtain vested rights for projects under construction when the City adopts zoning map and text amendments

Becca Kelly, Esq., General Counsel
New York City Board of Standards and Appeals / New York, NY

Carole S. Slater, Esq.
Slater & Beckerman LLP / New York, NY

Jeffrey A. Chester, Esq.
Einbinder & Dunn, LLP / New York, NY

2:45 pm


3:00 pm

Zoning Variances Under Zoning Resolution Section 72-21

The practitioner's perspective about obtaining bulk or use variances to overcome the practical difficulties and unnecessary hardships that impair a client's development of his property

Peter G. Geis, Esq.
Cozen O'Connor / New York, NY

Richard S. Lobel, Esq.
Sheldon Lobel P.C. / New York, NY

Adam W. Rothkrug, Esq.
Rothkrug Rothkrug & Spector LLP / Great Neck, NY

4:30 pm

Navigating a Development Project Through Multiple Land Use Approvals

Where, when and how does an applicant seek approvals when a project requires the review of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, the Board of Standards & Appeals, and the City Planning Commission?

Howard S. Weiss, Esq., Program Co-Chair, Moderator
Davidoff Malito & Hutcher LLP / New York, NY

Stephen F. Byrns, AIA, LEED AP, Lead Design Partner
BKSK Architects LLP / New York, NY

John Weiss, Esq., Deputy General Counsel
New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission / New York, NY

5:30 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn



There is a $25 cancellation fee for Course Materials orders and $50 for Homestudy orders

Continuing Education Credits

This program qualifies for 8.5 NY CLE (non-transitional) credits. Upon request, we will apply for CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


Our complete Homestudy Course, consisting of a DVD recording and the course materials (either a binder or searchable CD), is available for $705. The course materials alone are available for $100. We will ship your Homestudy order via UPS ground within two weeks after the seminar or from the date we receive payment.
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Faculty Bios

Mitchell Korbey, Program Co-Chair, partner at Herrick, Feinstein, LLP, is an urban planner and attorney focusing on land use, zoning, environmental and governmental affairs. He appears before the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) and the New York City Department of City Planning for applications for zoning variances, special permits and related discretionary approvals. Previously, he was an Commissioner, BSA, and Director, City Planning Department's Brooklyn Borough Office.
Full bio and contact info for Mitchell Korbey at Herrick, Feinstein LLP

Howard S. Weiss, Program Co-Chair, partner, Davidoff Malito & Hutcher LLP and Chair of the firm's New York City (NYC) land use practice, represents on zoning and land use, environmental review, landmarks, and matters involving state and municipal administrative law practice. Previously,he was a supervising attorney in the NYC Law Department, senior project coordinator in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Policy and Planning, special assistant in the Office of the Chairman of the NYC Planning Commission, and assistant to the Manhattan Borough President.

Phyllis Arnold is Co-Executive Director, Center for Code Reform, non-profit incubator partner of the Fund for the City of New York. Previously, she was Deputy Commissioner of Enforcement and Legal Affairs and General Counsel, New York City Department of Buildings.

Stephen F. Byrns, AIA, LEED AP, Lead Design Partner, BKSK Architects LLP, directs design of traditional residential, institutional and multi-family projects. He is also Former Commissioner, New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Jeffrey A. Chester, of counsel, Einbinder & Dunn, LLP, is a member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and founding member, Zoning & Land Use Committee. He represents Fortune 500 companies and real estate developers on complex real estate development issues.

The Hon. Leroy G. Comrie, Jr., Councilman and Deputy Majority Leader, Land Use Committee, New York City Council, chairs the Land Use Committee and is a member of council committees including Housing and Buildings and the sub committee on zoning.

Peter G. Geis, member, Cozen O'Connnor, advises on approvals needed to construct, occupy, and operate buildings within the New York area, specializing in discretionary zoning and land use approvals. Previously, he was General Counsel, BSA.

Howard Goldman, partner, GoldmanHarris, LLC, focuses on zoning and land use including zoning analyses, special permits and variances, landmark preservation, construction and building code and sustainable development. Previously, he was Deputy Counsel, New York City Planning Commission.

Melinda Katz, shareholder, Government Affairs Practice Group, Greenberg Traurig LLP, advises on development and redevelopment projects. Previously, she chaired the Committee on Land Use as a member of the New York City Council.

Becca Kelly, General Counsel, New York City Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA), is legal advisor to the Board and its staff. She also works with Corporation Counsel on BSA-related litigation. Previously she worked with the Real Estate Board of New York and the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Richard S. Lobel, partner, Sheldon Lobel P.C., represents clients before the BSA, City Planning Commission, Department of Buildings and other regulatory agencies. His practice includes securing zoning and other regulatory relief.

Ronald Ogur, P.E., Consulting Engineer, Ronald Ogur PC, is experienced in the NYC Zoning Resolution, NYC Building Code, NYC Fire Prevention Code, NYC Housing Maintenance Code, NYS Multiple Dwelling Law, NYS Labor Law, civil and structural engineering.

Adam W. Rothkrug, partner, Rothkrug Rothkrug & Spector, LLP, specializes in land-use, condominium, cooperative and administrative practice and real estate related transactions and litigation. He has represented the Building Industry Association of New York City.

Carole S. Slater, partner, Slater & Beckerman, LLP, specializes in construction permitting, zoning and land use in New York City, including acquisition and development of property. Previously, she was General Counsel, New York City Department of Buildings and Counsel, BSA.

Howard H. Slatkin, Deputy Director of Strategic Planning, New York City Department of City Planning, directs the department's policies toward land use and development and oversees the agency's green initiatives.

John Weiss, Deputy Counsel, New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, works on regulatory matters and oversees the agency's enforcement actions. Previously, he was Assistant District Attorney, New York County District Attorney's Office.