Thomas P. Cody

Partner

  • Overview

    Biography

    Tom Cody concentrates his practice on land use and real estate development matters. He counsels clients on regulatory strategies for complex projects, such as brownfield redevelopment and mixed-use development. He appears regularly before planning, zoning, and wetland boards and commissions in Connecticut, as well as state and federal environmental permitting agencies.

    Mr. Cody is currently working with the master developer of a major mixed-use project in Mansfield, Connecticut, which will redevelop a new main street area for the town and the University of Connecticut. The project has involved preparing and approving a state-level municipal development plan, structuring public finance solutions, creating a new flexible zoning district for the project area, and project permitting.

    Mr. Cody has represented several large corporations in the planning, repositioning, and disposition of excess property. He has represented retail developers, as well as pharmaceutical and health care institutions, in the permitting and development of new facilities. These projects have required multidisciplinary approaches to project development, including coordination of land assembly, negotiation of development agreements, and implementation of a strategy for obtaining project permits and approvals.

    Mr. Cody has also represented several municipalities in the review of complex redevelopment projects, as well as land use litigation. He assisted the Town of West Hartford, Connecticut, with the review of land use applications and the successful defense of administrative appeals relating to the Blue Back Square project. He also represented the City of New Haven in the successful defense of its planned development district zoning ordinance, a case that was heard by the Connecticut Supreme Court.

    Mr. Cody worked for four years as a city planner in the Denver, Colorado, metropolitan area, where he was responsible for zoning analysis and plan review for many large development projects. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of Real Estate Law since 2007 (copyright 2016 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC). Mr. Cody has also been named to the Connecticut Super Lawyers® list in the area of Land Use since 2006 (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.).

    Mr. Cody previously served as the firm’s partner in charge of recruitment and hiring.

  • Experience
    • Experience

      Experience

      • Represented the City of New Haven in an appeal to the Connecticut Supreme Court that challenged the City’s use of planned development districts, a tool used in creating flexible zoning arrangements. The Court ruled that planned development districts were permissible and that the City’s zoning enabling legislation was sufficiently broad to enable their use. Robinson & Cole attorneys researched and authored the brief on behalf of the City and argued the case at the Connecticut Supreme Court.
      • Representation of a well-known diversified technology, media, and financial services company in deconstruction and remediation of a manufacturing facility with environmental, historic, and wetlands challenges in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

      • Transactional

      • Representation of a public-private partnership with the State of Connecticut to redevelop, operate, and maintain Connecticut’s 23 highway service plazas. The 35-year agreement was the result of extended negotiations with the state Department of Transportation. The service plaza overhauls will also include "green" initiatives to bring the facilities up to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards, improve water runoff patterns, and install idle-reduction technology for use by trucks on the Connecticut Turnpike, also known as Interstate 95. Including projected revenues, initial construction, and reinvestments, the benefit to the State of Connecticut is estimated to be almost $500 million over the term of the agreement.

      • Land Use and Zoning

      • Representation of a national retailer seeking local zoning approvals to expand an existing retail facility and to construct a gas station as part of the expansion. In connection with the facility expansion and new gas station, the developer also made circulation and ingress and egress improvements requiring the widening of the fronting state roadway. This representation involved clearing title issues related to a paper street that were implicated by this ancillary roadway expansion.
    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      American Bar Association

      Connecticut Bar Association
      Planning & Zoning Section, Executive Committee

      International Council of Shopping Centers

      Urban Land Institute
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      Listed in Connecticut Super Lawyers® in the area of Land Use/Zoning Law since 2006 (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.)

      Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of Real Estate Law since 2007 (copyright 2016 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC)

      Robinson+Cole Community Service Award Recipient, 2014

    • Community Involvement

      Community Involvement

      Riverfront Recapture, Inc., Hartford, Connecticut
      Immediate Past Chair of Board of Directors
  • NEWS + PRESS
    • Publications

      Publications

      "What's Recaptured Riverfront Worth? $7.25 Million and Change," published in Hartford Courant, co-authored with Joe Marfuggi, president and CEO of Riverfront Recapture (5/21/2015)

      "Greening Connecticut's Buildings," published in Construction Law Group Newsletter, co-authored with Michele L. Maresca (November 2009)

      Redevelopment: Planning, Law, and Project Implementation, coedited with Brian W. Blaesser, published by the American Bar Association, Section of State and Local Government Law (6/2008)

      "Brownfields Property Disposition Strategies," published in Robinson & Cole: The Law & The Land at (1996)

      "A Tale of Two Towns: An Affordable Housing Update," published in Robinson & Cole: The Law & The Land at (1994)

    • Presentations

      Presentations

      "Creating/Modifying Historic Preservation Ordinances," at International Municipal Lawyers Association webinar series, co-presented with Michele L. Maresca (June 2014)

      "Riverfront Recapture – Park Development Along the Connecticut River," at Southern New England American Planning Association Conference: Planning at the Crossroads (9/2012)

    • News

      R+C in the News

      • May 29, 2015

        Tom Cody Co-Authors Riverfront Recapture Op-Ed for Hartford Courant

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      • June 3, 2014

        Tom Cody Reelected to Chair Riverfront Recapture Board of Directors

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      • September 18, 2012

        Land Use Lawyers Speaking at 2012 Southern New England American Planning Association Conference

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      • May 7, 2012

        Tom Cody Re-elected to Lead Riverfront Recapture Board

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      • September 2, 2009

        Books by Robinson & Cole LandLaw Partners on Best Seller List

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      • March 2, 2009

        Robinson & Cole Partners Moderate Panel Discussion at LCD Seminar

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      R+C News Releases

      • October 18, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • August 15, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Lawyer Count in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017

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      • October 19, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • August 18, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Lawyer Count in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016

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      • October 17, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers

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      • September 4, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Announces Annual Community Service and Pro Bono Awards

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      • August 19, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Lawyer Count in Best Lawyers National Peer Review Survey

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      • August 16, 2013

        Robinson & Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Attorney Count in Best Lawyers National Peer Review Survey

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      • October 22, 2012

        Super Lawyers® Names 49 Robinson & Cole Attorneys to 2012 List and Recognizes 26 as Rising Stars

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      • August 28, 2012

        Robinson & Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Attorney Count in Best Lawyers National Peer Review Survey

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