Stuart Beckerman specializes in zoning and land use in New York City. He advises clients on complex zoning, building code and multiple dwelling law issues. He regularly represents clients before the City Planning Commission on applications for zoning map and text changes, special permits, and changes to the City’s street map; and the Board of Standards and Appeals on variance and special permit applications, and appeals from decisions of the Department of Buildings. He also represents clients before other City agencies, including the Landmarks Preservation Commission and the Department of Buildings. In addition, he represents both buyers and sellers of transferrable development rights in the negotiation of zoning lot development and easement agreements.
Before entering private practice in 1998, Mr. Beckerman served as Deputy Counsel to the Land Use Division of the New York City Council and, prior to that, as Deputy Counsel to the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals, the City’s zoning board.
Mr. Beckerman is recognized as a leading zoning and land use attorney in New York City by Chambers Guide USA. He has also been listed as a New York Super Lawyer for Land Use and Zoning and Administrative Law by Super Lawyers since 2013.
He is a Member of the Board of the Citizens Housing Planning Council (CHPC), a nonprofit research and education organization advancing practical public policies to support NYC’s housing and neighborhoods.
From 2006 to 2015, he was Co-Chair and Speaker in an annual continuing legal education seminar at the New York City Bar Association on the transfer of development rights.
University of Pennsylvania, B.A.
Cardozo School Law of Yeshiva University, J.D.