Ryan Hoyler’s legal experience includes representing developers before municipal boards and commissions across Connecticut on a broad range of approvals and permits, including § 8-30g affordable housing applications across Connecticut, and preparing Planning and Zoning, Wetlands, Water Pollution Control Authority (WPCA), and Historic District applications and presenting before the applicable approving authority. He has also represented developers in appeals from affordable housing applications and advised local municipalities regarding development issues related to public utility system proposals, including sewer systems.
Ryan’s background also includes drafting briefs, motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment in land use disputes, including disputes over easements, sewer usage, and development rights, and preparing due diligence reviews of brownfield sites across the country for a real estate finance group. He has conducted environmental due diligence for roof-top solar developers throughout New England as well as assisting local counsel in preparing waste disposal agreements and permitting applications for a highway reconstruction project in New York and assisting local counsel in drafting briefs and motions, and preparing the record for a land use appeal involving traffic and environmental cleanup issues in New Hampshire. Ryan represented a major environmental conservation organization in Connecticut in preparing agreements with various land trusts to allocate federal funds for the preservation of environmentally-sensitive lands and prepare restrictive easements for those lands. He also represented a homeless shelter and health clinics in land use approval applications to town Commissions and on appeal.
While working as an attorney in California, Ryan represented a developer attempting to build convenience stores before both county land use boards and in state Superior Court on appeals from California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) determinations of significant environmental impact. He also represented a county school board in litigation that made national news concerning whether covering up historic displays at a school was a “project” subject to CEQA review. Ryan prepared guidance documents for county and local agencies on CEQA compliance with regard to the establishment of retail marijuana establishments and advised a marijuana cultivator on water rights and land use disputes with neighboring wineries. Ryan also was engaged in preparing records and drafting litigation briefs in an appeal regarding a proposed waterfront stadium in Oakland, California.