Joseph L. Hammer
Mr. Hammer is the firm’s land use and municipal property tax practice group chair. He has years of experience in the areas of land use regulation, permitting and litigation, as well as property tax and eminent domain appeals.
In the land use area, Mr. Hammer has handled a diverse array of matters from municipal commission proceedings through court appeals and litigation. Mr. Hammer brings a broad perspective to his land use matters as a result of his experience representing applicants and municipalities, and his long-standing service as a member of a municipal planning and zoning commission. Mr. Hammer has handled zone change, special permit, special exception, planned development, variance, site plan, subdivision and inland wetlands applications. He has assisted clients in assembling multi-disciplinary teams of experts and coordinating the presentation of complex development applications, and has successfully defended third-party court appeals from land use approvals. Mr. Hammer also has experience with interventions under the Connecticut Environmental Protection Act in land use proceedings and related litigation.
In the municipal property tax area, Mr. Hammer has represented commercial property owners in valuation appeals involving manufacturing, office, corporate headquarters and power generation facilities, and he has handled appeals involving exemption claims. Mr. Hammer has also represented property owners in eminent domain matters in connection with both municipal and state takings, including valuation appeals involving issues of environmental impairment and the allocation of remediation costs.
Examples of Mr. Hammer’s land use experience includes the following:
Member and Former Chair, Wethersfield Planning and Zoning Commission