Planning / Zoning / Land Use

Hazleton, Pennsylvania Land Use Attorneys

Planning and Zoning for Development • Variances and Easements

Gillespie, Miscavige & Ferdinand, LLC in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, represents developers, property owners, commercial lenders, and approving agents in all land use, planning, and zoning issues. Our lawyers have served for many years as counsel to municipal and township boards, providing unique perspectives from both sides of these issues.

Contact our veteran land use counsel Joseph R. Ferdinand and Daniel A. Miscavige at (570) 213-7961 or (888) 493-4887.

Client/developer granted zoning and land development approval on a Preemption issue decided under Pennsylvania’s new Propane and Liquified Petroleum Gas Act. The local court reserved the right to regulate propane gas facilities to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Successful in the Commonwealth Court in Pennsylvania in challenging a local zoning ordinance for invalidity as both de facto exclusionary and in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Client/developer given site specific relief to establish a methadone treatment facility in accord with plans submitted.

Successful in obtaining use and sign variances for a developer seeking approval to build a pharmacy in a general industrial district.

Successful in challenging variances granted to a University by the local zoning hearing board. In a related matter, successful in challenging a University’s land development approval based upon lack of appropriate notice under the MPC.

Land Use and Development

We help developers guide their projects through the approval process before local government entities. With nearly 30 years of experience each and extensive involvement in planning and zoning issues in their communities, our lawyers understand clients' needs and work closely with engineers in preparing plans for expedited approval.

We have represented private or municipal interests in development of industrial parks, planned unit development housing, resorts and golf courses, and commercial projects. Land use attorneys Joe Ferdinand and Daniel Miscavige have served as legal counsel to many approving agencies, including:

  • The City of Hazleton/Hazleton Planning Commission
  • Hazle Township Planning Department
  • Butler Township (Luzerne County)
  • Kidder Township
  • Kline Township Zoning Board
  • Kline-Banks-McAdoo Authority

Planning and Zoning Issues and Real Estate Tax Assessment Appeals

We represent individual homeowners, commercial property owners, developers, and municipal entities in specific matters relating to zoning changes, subdividing property, variances/special use exceptions, and easements.

Attorney Daniel Miscavige also handles tax assessment appeals and other municipal law matters.

For experienced representation in any planning and zoning law matter, contact our Hazleton office at (570) 213-7961 or (888) 493-4887to arrange a free initial consultation. We represent clients throughout Luzerne County, Schuylkill County, Carbon County, and surrounding communities of the Anthracite Region and Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Conveniently Located Hazleton Office

67 N. Church Street
Hazleton PA 18201


Phone: (570) 213-7961
Fax: (570) 454-3485

10.0Robert J. Gillespie Jr.

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Based in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, we serve businesses and individuals in the Poconos and the Anthracite Region of Northeastern Pennsylvania, including Stroudsburg, Jim Thorpe, Wilkes Barre, Scranton, Bloomsburg, Berwick, Weatherly and Mountaintop.

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