Attorneys & Counselors at Law • 386 Main Street, Middletown, CT 06457 • 860.346.1377

Municipal & Zoning

Available for you right here in Middlesex County

Our firm provides extensive depth of experience as well as professional, friendly staff ready to serve your Town or Municipal Agency.

Howard, McMillan & Tycz has extensive background and experience in representing Connecticut municipalities. David Tycz currently serves as Town Attorney for the Town of Killingworth. Attorney Tycz also represents the Deep River Planning and Zoning Commission and is a member of the Connecticut Association of Municipal Attorneys. William Howard has acted as Town Attorney for various towns in Connecticut since 1976, including the towns of Haddam (1976 through 1997), Chester (1991 through 1993) and Killingworth (1993 through 2005). Attorney Howard was also appointed as Corporation Counsel for the City of Middletown.

Particular areas of municipal representation have included:

  • Real estate matters, including land acquisitions and conveyances
  • Land use law, including planning, zoning, affordable housing, inland wetlands, conservation, historic district commission, zoning enforcement, building code, sanitation and housing matters
  • Tax appeals and tax foreclosures, including summary tax foreclosures
  • Municipal tax sales and assignments of tax liens
  • Municipal bidding, contract negotiation and collection matters
  • Charter interpretation and revision
  • Sewer assessment appeals
  • Freedom of Information issues, hearings and appeals
  • Municipal issues involving cellular antennas and towers

Prior Experience

On April 11, 2006, our firm attorneys secured a favorable decision for the zoning agencies of the Town of Killingworth in the case of Graff v. Zoning Board of Appeals, 277 Conn. 645, 894 A.2d 285 (2006). The Justices of the Connecticut Supreme Court reversed a lower court’s decision and concluded that Killingworth’s zoning agencies acted properly when they applied an “accessory use” zoning regulation to enforce a limitation on the number of dogs a property owner can keep on a residential property. This was a very significant decision, not only for the Killingworth agencies, but also for the law of zoning because it affirmed and strengthened the authority of local zoning agencies to interpret and enforce the accessory use provision of their zoning regulations. The decision can be viewed here.

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