Not In Their Back Yard: These Celebrities Publicly Opposed Development Projects

In the realm of real estate development, even celebrities like Steph Curry, James Woods, and Dave Chappelle find themselves entangled in battles over development projects near their homes. Golden State Warriors point guard Steph Curry, has opposed a plan to build a 16-unit apartment complex near his $30 million home in Atherton, California according to […]

Meet Attorney Tenyse Gooden!

Whether you’re an older client or new to our firm, chances are you’ve been introduced to Tenyse. With many years of courtroom and real estate experience, she has been a great addition to our team. Read the Q&A below to learn more about her personal and professional background. Q: Can you summarize your background as […]

Common Land Use Problems Faced by Churches and Other Religious Organizations

Churches and other religious organizations play a vital role in communities by providing support that goes well beyond a place of worship. However, like any other institution, they too face unique challenges when it comes to land use. We have listed some common land use problems that religious organizations face and how they effectively navigate […]

International Women’s Month: Celebrating Women Business Owners

March marks the celebration of International Women’s Month, a time to recognize women’s incredible achievements and contributions. At Birchwood Law, we also take this opportunity to put the spotlight on women business owners, celebrating their successes and highlighting the positive impact they bring to the business landscape every single day. As advocates for women in […]

Non-Conforming Structures and Uses

Navigating regulations is crucial for property owners and developers, especially when dealing with non-conforming uses and structures. Non-conforming use refers to a previously legally permitted use that is no longer allowed due to a change in the zoning regulations. For example, a retail use that was permitted when originally established but now is not due […]

Our #1 Zoning Tip for Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs are known for their imaginative and forward-thinking outlook. However, the world of zoning can be limiting and bleak. When new ideas or multiple uses are proposed, even the best-intentioned government officials and planning staff may struggle to understand how the proposal fits within the existing perimeters of the zoning ordinance and other relevant regulations. […]

How Do You Prove Hardship?

When a property owner applies for a variation (a deviation from a zoning requirement), they must demonstrate that they face a particular hardship that makes it impossible or excessively burdensome to comply with the strict letter of the law. Informally, “hardship” refers to the criteria for reviewing variation applications. When requesting a variation, one of […]

Award-Winning Actor Seeks a Special Use Permit for a Farm

Actor Richard Gere, famous for his roles in films such as “Pretty Woman” and “Chicago,” has purchased the former property of Paul Simon at 82 Brookwood Lane in New Canaan, CT. Gere and his wife, Alejandra Silva, seek a special use permit to allow farming as an accessory use as they plan to transform 27 […]

Business Licensing and Zoning

Starting a new business is exciting, but it often comes with its fair share of administrative hurdles. During the planning stages, it’s important to identify all necessary zoning and business licensing requirements that will allow your business to legally operate. Sometimes, novice business owners come to us for assistance with zoning and licensing only after […]