New Jersey’s Municipal Land Use Law consists of more than 120 statutes that have been construed and interpreted by hundreds of court decisions. Unless you are guided by experienced legal counsel when you are seeking site plan approval, variances or other relief before a municipal planning board or zoning board of adjustment, you can suddenly find yourself in unfamiliar territory.

At Buckalew Frizzell & Crevina, we can steer you through the entire planning and zoning process.  Our attorneys have extensive experience appearing before planning and zoning boards, and have served as counsel to two municipal zoning boards.  We have successfully represented a full range of clients, from individuals seeking simple subdivisions and variances to developers seeking approvals to construct major commercial and residential developments, such as the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Ramsey and Kensington Woods in Ringwood.  We have victoriously litigated numerous appeals of adverse decisions by local planning and zoning boards, notably co-authoring the winning appeal for the plaintiff developer in the New Jersey Supreme Court case of Nigro v. Planning Board of Saddle River, 122 N.J. 270.   And we have successfully represented people who opposed development on property adjacent to their own.

Simply put, we know all sides of the planning and zoning process.

If you have any questions about land use, planning board, or zoning matters, please feel free to email Eric Frizzell (, Donna Shahrabani (, Cheryl Siegel (, or John Middleton ( or phone us at 201-612-5200.