Objecting to a Variance Application in NJ

If you have read a substantial portion of this zoning website, you have likely concluded that applicants applying for a variance before a municipal zoning board of adjustment are not the only ones who should seek representation by an experienced NJ Zoning Law attorney. An individual, several individuals, and groups of interested parties who want to object to an application for a variance often mistakenly believe that it is impractical, unnecessary or even forbidden for them to be represented by an attorney. This belief is not accurate. A citizen or group of concerned citizens need all the help they can get when objecting to a variance application because the applicant himself or herself will often times be represented by an experienced attorney, especially if the applicant is a commercial business or corporate land owner. Whether you are simply a neighbor who opposes an application for an addition being built to his neighbor’s house or a member of a large group of concerned citizens in a community that do not want a specific business or use coming into the neighborhood (i.e., gas station, warehouse, car wash, even a Wal-Mart), it is important that you are represented by someone who can argue against the applicant applying for the variance. Objectors who are represented by a qualified and experienced land use attorney are able to offer compelling and legally relevant arguments against the variance applications, thereby giving the Board legally defensible recourse to deny the application instead of the board just hearing the evidence coming from the person applying for the variance.

How to Oppose a Variance Application Before a Zoning Board of Adjustment or Planning Board

Fredrick P. Niemann and the attorneys at Hanlon Niemann & Wright have represented numerous groups of objectors in front of Zoning and Planning Boards for over 40 years. The firm knows an organized, well-planned presentation to a zoning application is the key to successfully opposing a variance application.

If you are opposed to a variance application before a local zoning or planning board and need the analysis and advice of a seasoned land use attorney, then please contact Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. immediately for assistance in your objection.

He can be reached at our toll free number (855) 376-5291 or by email at fniemann@hnlawfirm.com.



Written by Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. of Hanlon Niemann & Wright, a New Jersey Zoning Law Attorney