Zoning – Planning – Land Use

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Zoning, Planning, and Land Use projects are our specialty. Let Callaghan & Callaghan help you move your project forward.

Your Zoning, Planning, and Land Use Law matter requires expert representation. We can help.

Our attorneys can help you with dimensional variances, special use permits, land development projects and subdivisions.

Zoning, Planning, and Land Use law can be complicated. We work directly with clients so that you can become our best witnesses at local hearings.

Callaghan & Callaghan prepares our clients so that they can help their own cases at any zoning or planning meeting.

We have also established long term successful relationships with engineering firms, surveyors, wetlands biologists, and architects. Those relationships help us prepare effective presentations to help our clients projects succeed.

Your success is our success. We want to help. Call today (401) 294-4555

Our lawyers have prevailed in matters across Rhode Island. We have helped clients in many towns including:

We are also the Town Solictors for the Town of North Kingstown. In that capacity we advise the Town on all zoning, planning and land use matters.

Planning Boards

Planning boards help communities plan for their future. Our attorneys have appeared before planning boards across the Rhode Island. We have helped our clients with:

  • Subdivision proposals
  • Planned business districts
  • Commercial and industrial site plans
  • Planned village developments
  • Planned unit developments
  • Comprehensive Permits and other
  • Multi-unit or single family developments.

A planning board may also review and update zoning ordinances, subdivision regulations, and comprehensive plans. In some communities a planning board makes recommendations to the town council on proposed zoning ordinances and zoning map amendments.

Zoning Boards

Zoning Boards can provide a homeowner or a business owner with needed relief. Zoning boards can help expand and improve properties. Sometimes is just takes some convincing. That is where our attorneys can help.  We have appeared before zoning boards across Rhode Island.

We can help with:

  • Dimensional variances
  • Variances
  • Special use permits

Call Callaghan & Callaghan today (401) 294-4555

Our Process:


Municipal ordinances regulate land use law in Rhode Island.

Zoning, Planning, and Land Use projects involve a number of moving parts.

Our attorneys use our experience to simply the process.

We work with our clients from the beginning to create momentum for each project. We use outreach with the local community planning and zoning offices to identify issues – and to create solutions

We always meet with town planning departments for pre-application consultation. We search for potential issues and seek out solutions early.

By the time the hearing comes we are prepared for any issue.

We have also worked with top engineers, traffic engineers, architects, surveyors, and wetlands specialists on every project. If necessary we can help clients with recommendations for the right experts for any project.

Property Transactions

Callaghan & Callaghan also has extensive experience in all real estate transactions.  We provide expert legal advice and counsel in all property matters:

  • Commercial Property Transactions and Acquisitions
  • Residential Home Transactions – Closings
  • Condominium Law – Goverance, Associations,
  • Landlord Tenant Disputes
  • Title Disputes
  • Tax Appeals

Zoning, Planning and Land Use Law Success

Zoning – Land Use

Our attorneys helped a client plan, apply, negotiate and advocate for a new local development. The proposal included wide ranging zoning issues. The application attracted attention from municipal leaders, town staff, abutters, and local citizens. Through effective preparation and argument, the proposal won universal approval.

Real Estate Dispute – Regulatory Appeal – Riparian Rights

A new client approached Callaghan & Callaghan with a multi-faceted issue. Years earlier they had constructed a residential boating facility (dock) off their South County property. Unbeknownst to them, the dock had been constructed at an incorrect angle. The error did not arise until their neighbor sought to construct their own dock.

Commercial Transaction – Purchase and Sale, Asset Purchase Agreement, and Closing

A Callaghan & Callaghan client recently closed on a multi-million dollar transaction. Our client purchased a very valuable longstanding business with a substantial client base. Callaghan & Callaghan assisted their client in all aspects of the deal.

Regulatory Appeal

Callaghan & Callaghan’s attorneys recently won a hard fought regulatory appeal for a South County client. At numerous times in the litigation, Callaghan & Callaghan was informed by opposing government counsel that their case was hopeless. Callaghan & Callaghan’s review of the applicable statutes and regulations unearthed both due process and administrative issues.

Commercial Transaction – Kent County

Callaghan & Callaghan recently helped a young family achieve a life long dream of owning a small business. Callaghan & Callaghan’s attorneys assisted their clients in negotiating both the purchase and sale for real property and the asset agreement for the existing business.