Robert S. Cook, Jr. has practiced land use and zoning law in the City of New York for many years. His clients include developers, residential and commercial property owners and tenants. He also represents not-for-profit clients, including educational, healthcare and religious institutions. Other law firms often ask for his assistance on the land-use aspects of their real estate transactions. In addition to domestic clients, he has represented clients from Canada, France, Italy, Spain and Egypt.
Mr. Cook practices before the City Planning Commission, Board of Standards and Appeals, Landmarks Preservation Commission and City Council, as well as other City agencies which impact land use and development, including the Departments of Buildings, Transportation, Environmental Protection, Finance and Citywide Administrative Services, as well as the Public Design Commission, Economic Development Corporation and MTA. He has obtained approvals for development projects in all five boroughs, and has negotiated and drafted documents for the sale or purchase of development rights, restrictive declarations, easements, and street mapping agreements.
Mr. Cook served as chairman of the Committee on Land Use Planning and Zoning of the New York City Bar Association. He currently serves as a director, vice president and co-chairman of the zoning committee of Citizens Housing and Planning Council, a not-for-profit organization comprised of developers, architects and attorneys which seeks ways to foster sensible land-use planning and encourage the development of affordable housing. He is the author of a book, “Zoning for Downtown Urban Design” as well as numerous articles about zoning and land use issues.
In 2016 Mr. Cook was selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America for Land Use and Zoning Law. Since 2012 Mr. Cook has been recognized by Super Lawyers for Zoning/Land Use. He is rated “AV® PreeminentTM Peer Review Rated,” the top rating, by his peers as listed in Martindale Hubbell.