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The Redevelopment & Land Use Department at Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis focuses on all aspects of traditional development, redevelopment, zoning and land use in New Jersey. The attorneys in this practice area have extensive first-hand experience in navigating the political and economic realities of the state’s development process. We have represented clients in projects of all sizes and levels of complexity throughout the state, including residential, industrial, retail, office and mixed-use development.

Our group possesses a comprehensive understanding of New Jersey’s legislative and regulatory structure as it relates to supporting and incentivizing development and economic growth while concurrently protecting and conserving open space and the state’s unique natural resource profile. A long history of representing private and public entities within New Jersey’s development arena has provided our redevelopment and land use team with a balanced and sophisticated perspective regarding critical issues on both sides of the process.

The firm delivers effective, strategic, and hands-on continuity of representation to developers, builders, property owners and municipal entities throughout all phases of the development process. In coordination with our redevelopment and land use practice, attorneys in the firm’s Real Estate Department are readily available to join the team and counsel clients on matters of a transactional nature.

Our land use and redevelopment attorneys are actively engaged in New Jersey’s real estate community. They hold leadership positions, serve on and chair committees, speak on panels, and steer legislative initiatives through their involvement in leading industry groups including NAIOP, the New Jersey Builders Association, New Jersey Future, Downtown New Jersey, the League of Municipalities, CREW NJ, the Regional Plan Association, the Urban Land Institute, and the NJ Chapter of the American Planning Association.


The firm has a demonstrated track record of success in guiding clients through the approval, financing and building of projects in New Jersey. We provide support and guidance from project inception to ribbon-cutting ceremony, and beyond.

Our representation in this area encompasses:

The firm has represented top-tier private developers on projects in Cranford, Harrison, Hoboken, Jersey City, Newark, Newton, Rahway, South Amboy, South Bound Brook, South Orange, Trenton, Wildwood, Woodbridge and Wood-Ridge, among many other locations.

Our attorneys have served as Special Redevelopment Counsel to municipalities including Atlantic City, Belmar, Flemington, Long Branch, Millville, Morristown, New Brunswick, North Wildwood, Princeton, Robbinsville, Westfield and Woodbridge.  

Our experience as redevelopment counsel includes the representation of municipal governments and private entities before state and county boards, agencies and commissions. We have also played a significant role in the establishment, implementation, operation and success of numerous special improvement districts throughout the state. This representation has encompassed both transactional representation and significant litigation, giving us a broad base of expertise in redevelopment-related legal issues.

Land Use

Our land use and zoning attorneys are highly skilled at addressing the complex and often adversarial issues associated with securing approvals for new developments and the renovation or adaptive reuse of existing properties. This expertise extends to related environmental and regulatory matters encompassing state and federal compliance, planning and regulatory enforcement, as well as the representation of clients in obtaining and defending land use approvals before local boards and in trial and appellate courts.

The firm has represented clients in appearances before boards across New Jersey and in hundreds of municipalities – from Allamuchy to Egg Harbor and from Hoboken to Lambertville. They have earned the respect of board members and professionals throughout the state, and are widely recognized as knowledgeable professionals and strong advocates for the firm’s clients.

Legal services in this area include:

Project Financing

Our Redevelopment & Land Use Department can assist clients with obtaining funding for land development projects through a variety of public finance programs, tax abatements and economic stimulus incentives. Throughout the years, our team has crafted creative, flexible and complex financing solutions that have enabled our clients’ projects to move forward to completion. Current funding options in the New Jersey market include:

Of Note

A superb group for real estate matters with an active and robust practice across the entire spectrum of work. Handles varied zoning and land use projects involving mixed-use buildings, industrial premises and brownfield redevelopment sites, assisting with issues including the acquisition of planning permits and site approvals. Also demonstrates expertise in transactional work including sales, acquisitions, leases, financing and tax issues. The team displays further strength handling litigation matters along with environmental issues associated with development projects. Has extensive experience acting for regional and national developers, private equity investors and landlords and tenants.

Clients say: “They are very knowledgeable in real estate law and have a wonderful working relationship with state agencies … available and reliable … strong professional work ethic… exceptional communication skills and a quick delivery turnaround on transactions.” 

- 2021 edition of Chambers USA (a publication of Chambers and Partners) 

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