Shoreland Development

The shorelands of New Hampshire are among its most valuable and fragile natural resources. While protection of these resources must remain a common objective, preservation must be balanced with reasonable development interests and the needs of the state's economy.

Gallagher, Callahan & Gartrell’s Real Estate Development attorneys are well versed in this balance and are qualified to represent buyers, sellers, developers, investors, lenders, and individuals in the intricacies of New Hampshire shoreland development.

best law firmThe firm was awarded metropolitan first-tier rankings in the 2020 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” Rankings, including first-tier rankings in real estate law and land use and zoning law. In addition, Ari Pollack was selected Concord's Land Use and Zoning "Lawyer of the Year" for 2017 by Best Lawyers®.

Shoreland Development Permits

From our legislative work in crafting amendments to the Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act (SWQPA), we are uniquely positioned to assist clients in preparing and submitting shoreland development permit applications to the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services. After filing, we work closely with state regulators to ensure that applications are reviewed promptly so that projects stay on track and budget.

Waterfront Site Assessment Studies

We assist clients in completing or reviewing waterfront site assessment studies (SAS). An SAS includes an evaluation of existing septic systems to ensure that current standards for septic disposal are met. Preparation and disclosure of an SAS is required for the purchase and sale of developed shoreland in New Hampshire.

Shoreland Enforcement Actions

We assist clients in responding to and managing state and local enforcement actions relating to alleged shoreland, land use, and wetlands violations. Alleged violations might include excessive tree-cutting within the waterfront buffer, excessive disturbed or impervious areas, development without a state SWQPA permit, or the failure to comply with local shoreland ordinances.

Practice area leader:

Ari Pollack

Practice area professionals:

Matthew Burrows
Robert Dietel
Caroline Leonard
Weston Sager
Paul Worsowicz

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