The Board of Standards and Appeals (“BSA”) plays a critical, if sometimes unappreciated, role in the regulation of land use, development, and construction in New York City. This course, presented by land use attorney Howard Goldman, will focus on what is arguably the most important task of the BSA—the issuance of zoning variances. Other tasks, including administrative appeals, vesting cases and special permits, are beyond the scope of this 75-minute class.
The Zoning Resolution regulates use, bulk, and parking on virtually every parcel of privately- and City-owned land within the 300 square miles that comprise New York City. Inevitably, situations will arise in which the general zoning regulations do not work as intended on a specific property due to unique physical conditions. The BSA was established to hear applications for relief in these situations and, where appropriate, grant variances to modify or waive provisions of the Zoning Resolution to alleviate the hardship.
On May 30, 2017, the City Council enacted nine separate local laws changing the procedures by which the BSA reviews and decides applications for variances and special permits. This course will review the effects of these laws on practitioners, the public, and the overall role of the BSA in land use.
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.
Very informative and engaging.
Faculty was interesting and extraordinarily knowledgeable and articulate
Very interesting and very detailed. Extremely well presented
His presentation was crystal clear and great!
Mr. Goldman was very knowledgeable and clear on this topic. Great job.
Very clear and precise presentation on a complex process.
Lecturer is both an expert in the area and a good and interesting speaker who imparts a lot of information without boring the listener.
Very enjoyable and informative
The presenter devoted attention to he development of an easily understood introduction which proved helpful as the program moved forward.
good level of detail
Very thorough (for the time allotted) presentation on the BSA...
Informative and well done.
This was a great presentation.
Excellent, informative course.
A good course and yet another of those highly specialized, obscure areas of the law that affect the lives of many people without their knowing it and that demand considerable experience and technical expertise to approach.
Howard Goldman is the best!
Very well done
Good overview of area, without being too general.
Presented a detail-intense topic in an interesting and extremely knowledgeable manner.
Very clear and organized presentation. Very helpful.
I did not know that variances could expire. Very informative session
Good overview and specific info -
Highly recommend this course for all real estate attorneys. Excellent presentation.