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Litigation Challenging Approvals of a Hotel Development

Client Type: Privately held

Hodgson Russ represented an intervenor supporting a ZBA’s interpretation, in a matter requiring an understanding of the interplay of amendments to a municipal zoning ordinance over the last 50 years. The ZBA rendered an interpretation that certain height limitations (imposed as conditions to a prior rezoning) were no longer applicable, but did not issue formal written findings. Hodgson Russ argued, successfully, that the ZBA’s decision was a matter of “pure legal interpretation” and that no written findings were required. Supreme Court, Erie County conducted a de novo review and upheld the ZBA’s determination. The Fourth Department affirmed.