Land Use Regulation Services

Phillips Preiss’ diverse experience on both the public and private sides of land use approval, zoning, litigation and other regulatory matters informs our practical approach to achieving clients’ objectives. Please scroll down to learn more about our work in Zoning and Design Guidelines, Redevelopment, Development Review, Expert Testimony and Litigation, and Affordable Housing.

Zoning and Design Guidelines

Phillips Preiss translates site plans, redevelopment plans, downtown revitalization plans, master plans into straightforward, user-friendly, clear regulatory language that conforms to state statutes and case law.

The firm’s zoning portfolio includes examples of transfer of development rights, performance zoning, cluster or lot averaging, mixed-use zoning, overlay zoning, floating zones, incentive zoning, planned unit development and sustainable and natural resource protection zoning, transit- and pedestrian-oriented development, and form-based codes.



Phillips Preiss’ knowledge of current case law, application of statutory criteria and attention to detail have made it one of the region’s foremost experts on using the redevelopment planning process to catalyze economic development, downtown revitalization and smart growth projects. Our experience includes numerous high-profile and contentious redevelopment area investigations and several award-winning – and implemented – redevelopment plans.


Development Review

Phillips Preiss reviews development applications ranging from complex large-scale planned communities to minor residential additions on behalf of planning and zoning boards, private property owners and community groups in numerous municipalities in New Jersey and New York.


Expert Testimony & Litigation

Phillips Preiss applies its knowledge of relevant case law and diverse public and private planning experience to help clients navigate the land use approval process, overcome regulatory challenges and resolve litigation matters.


Affordable Housing

Phillips Preiss has extensive experience advising public and private client with respect to rules and regulations that promote equitable housing opportunities. The firm has been involved in “fair share housing” planning, zoning and litigation in New Jersey since the Mount Laurel I decision in 1975.