Environmental, Zoning & Land Use

 

Sullivan & Worcester helps clients address the impact of environmental and land use regulations on their operations and transactions. Our environmental attorneys regularly deal with matters involving contaminated properties; indoor air quality; wastewater discharges; air emissions; wetlands; waterfront development; the management and disposal of hazardous waste; zoning; pesticides; renewable energy; and environmental and historical impact reviews.

We resolve environmental and land use concerns arising in acquisitions and financings, and we represent clients in environmental/land use permitting, administrative enforcement matters and litigation.

Representative Client Work

  • Counseled a client on permitting and regulatory requirements for the development of a 420-room hotel, two office buildings in excess of one million square feet, and a 2,300-space garage on historic filled tidelands adjacent to the Boston Harbor
  • Represented the developer of a residential project at a former naval shipyard in connection with environmental issues, including environmental insurance, site cleanup and evaluation of land use permits

  • Conducted environmental, zoning, and regulatory due diligence in the acquisition of two food waste-to-energy power plants under construction

  • Evaluated federal, state, and local regulatory and compliance and permitting issues on behalf of the purchaser of two newly-constructed office/research laboratory buildings within a planned development in Boston, Massachusetts on filled tidelands. In addition, we worked with our client’s environmental consultant to consider potential approaches to respond to historic contamination at the property

  • Advised a landlord regarding the response to a tenant’s indoor air quality concerns, where the source appeared to be from an offsite industrial facility

  • Provided strategic advice on land use requirements affecting wetlands and other waters, aquifers, mining operations, and sensitive resources, and have advised clients on environmental and historic impact reviews

  • Advised the seller of a copper mining operation on the environmental and permitting risks associated with the mining operation

  • Represented a yacht club developer in Nantucket in connection with state and local land use, wetlands and tidelands permits and related litigation