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.