Attorneys Providing Assistance for Worcester County Zoning and Land Use Issues

Helping you navigate the regulatory landscape

Zoning ordinances and land use issues are more complicated than most people realize. These rules are strictly enforced by local authorities and failure to comply can mean big problems for your development project. During our more than 35 years of practice in the Worcester County area, Gould & Ettenberg, P.C. attorneys have worked with many local land use authorities. Our reputation for thorough research, legal knowledge and high ethical standards has allowed us to build respectful relationships with various local regulators. We’re able to help our clients anticipate and avoid land use issues and expediently identify and correct problems before they occur.

Permits and zoning

Those who want to develop or seek a new use for their commercial or industrial property should be aware of existing regulations. An experienced Worcester real estate lawyer can identify what issues may arise under your particular circumstances and work with the appropriate engineering experts and government authorities to resolve them. Those issues may include:

  • Noise and light
  • Increased traffic
  • Drainage runoff control
  • Effects on neighboring properties

Even if your property received a clean 21E study (an environmental site assessment named for the state law chapter that governs cleanup of contaminated sites), past or present environmental issues can still arise. Our attorneys ensure you understand your obligations under federal, state and local environmental regulations and put you in contact with qualified experts who can help you remediate hazardous waste on your property. By understanding the requirements of zoning ordinances and land use and environmental regulations in advance, you can avoid unexpected restrictions and costly alterations to your land in the future.

The Rivers Act

The Massachusetts Rivers Protection Act was designed to reduce freshwater pollution by preserving the borderlands that naturally filter runoff before it enters the state’s rivers. Unfortunately, this law can be very restrictive for owners of residential or commercial properties that contain or border upon rivers, streams, creeks or any other consistent bodies of running water. If you are considering buying riparian land — or putting such land to a new use — our real estate attorneys can help you understand what impact the Rivers Act may have on your transaction or venture.

Contact a firm that facilitates land use in the Worcester County area

After more than 35 years of facilitating major land transactions and development projects in the Worcester area, our team of attorneys at Gould & Ettenberg, P.C. has developed a thorough understanding of the federal, state and local land use regulations and permit requirements that affect our clients. Call us at 508-752-6733 or contact us online to set up a consultation with a caring and experienced attorney today. We are conveniently located in downtown Worcester with easy access to both state and federal courthouses as well as convenient parking.