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Supertalls, As-of-Right, and Transparency in New York City Land Use Development

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Produced on February 25, 2020

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Course Information

Time 51m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Real Estate

Course Description

This course will examine recent zoning-related challenges to development projects involving “supertall” buildings, including a description of how the project was structured, the zoning and procedural bases for the challenge, and the administrative and court decisions that have emerged thus far. The course, presented by experienced practitioner Howard Goldman, will also note some of the bills that have been introduced or are under discussion at the New York City Council that would place additional controls on development.  An overriding question is whether the existing balance between as-of-right developments, which require building permits but do not require approval by the City Planning Commission, Board of Standards and Appeals, or City Council and developments requiring discretionary approvals from these agencies, is changing.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify recent zoning-related challenges to development projects in New York City

  2. Discuss recently introduced bills that would affect development rights

  3. Examine whether the balance between as-of-right developments and developments requiring discretionary approvals is changing

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Howard Goldman

GoldmanHarris LLC

Following his introduction to land use while practicing law in Alaska, Howard Goldman has been a full-time zoning and land use attorney in New York City since 1980. Prior to co-founding Goldman Harris LLC, he was the Deputy Counsel to the New York City Planning Commission, a partner at two large Manhattan law firms, a partner at a medium-sized Manhattan firm, and a solo practitioner. Howard understands land use from public and private, as well as large and small business perspectives, and enjoys working with all parties in achieving his clients’ goals. 

Goldman Harris LLC is a boutique with practice limited to land use in New York City. Howard’s law partner is his wife, Caroline Harris, who has a similar legal background, including at the Counsel’s Office of the Department of City Planning and experience at major law firms. Goldman Harris strives to combine the high standards of a large firm with the flexibility afforded by a small one. The firm’s work ranges from advising clients with respect to “as-of-right” projects not involving discretionary approvals to applications for zoning changes, special permits, variances, landmarks approvals, and interpretations of the Zoning Resolution. Along with experienced attorneys, the firm includes professionals having expertise in architecture, project management and the Building Code. 


Patrick J.

I enjoyed that the presenter not only presented the information but weighed in with his experience, in almost an editorial fashion, which is refreshing!

Donald A.


Caroline H.

Goldman made complex issues easy to comprehend and posed good questions for listeners to consider.

Michael J. L.

very useful

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