Land Use & Zoning


Representation of individuals and developers before all municipal land use commissions including zoning commissions, planning commissions, inland wetlands commissions, etc.


Municipalities throughout the U. S. regulate the use of land through zoning laws and ordinances. Zoning commissions segment towns into areas zoned as residential, commercial, or mixed use. Before developers, builders, home or business owners construct, remodel, or renovate dwellings or other buildings, permits, variances, and site approvals may be required. Permitting requirements of one type or another often complicate the process of building and development.

Throughout Connecticut, towns and communities have scores of unique issues facing home and business owners as well as real estate developers. Along with typical rules and regulations applicable to building and development, beach communities like Clinton, Westbrook, Old Saybrook, Old Lyme, and others, must deal with matters related to wetlands, as well as conversion of seasonal dwellings to year-round use and septic issues.

The law firm of Cloutier & Cassella has been a part of the Old Saybrook community since 1967. Our attorneys are well versed in both common and  unusual planning, zoning and land use problems that property owners and municipalities encounter in coastal and river valley environments. In-depth knowledge and broad experience gained by our lawyers from serving as town counsel, selectman, on economic development commissions and as planning commission counsel gives us a perspective from both sides of the table, and enable us to find practical solutions and effectively resolve problems for property owners and municipalities alike.

Whether you are a developer or a town official in charge of a project review, the zoning and land use attorneys at Cloutier & Cassella have the resources and experience necessary to coordinate with your project's team and help you effectively navigate through complicated regulations and procedures. Our attorneys regularly represent property owners and major developers before municipal land use commissions and are experienced in litigating land use appeals.