• Overview

    • Lawyers who know the lay of the land can help you reach your land use goal expeditiously.

      If you have plans to use or develop property, there is broad range of laws that impact how, or even if, those plans will be realized. While you keep your focus on your ideal outcome, you need a team working for your that can foresee the potential road blocks to achieving your goal, before they even crop up.

      As lead counsel to industrial, commercial and municipal entities faced with significant environmental, regulatory and compliance issues as well as real estate developers and resorts pursuing large-scale permitting projects, Downs Rachlin Martin's Environmental Law and Land Use team has just that capability. With sharp legal skills, in-depth experience, regulatory relationships, and technical understanding, the team has the comprehensive knowledge to address a full spectrum of environmental, regulatory and land use needs.

      Environmental and land use attorney Peter Van Oot is a Charter Fellow of the American College of Environmental Attorneys.  Peter was appointed to the Brownfields Task Force by Vermont Governor Shumlin to recommend and support efforts by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources and the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development to recover “Brownfield” sites across the state in order to clean up the contamination, attract new business development and create jobs. He previously served on the Brownfields Advisory Committee to the Vermont Legislature and on the advisory board of Vermont Law School's Environmental Law Center and Land Use Institute. Peter serves on the board of directors of The Nature Conservancy – Vermont Chapter.  He previously served as a member of Vermont Governor Howard Dean's Council of Environmental Advisors and as a board member and chair of the Vermont Land Trust. He is a past visiting professor of environmental law at Williams College (1999-2003) and was a legislative aide to U.S. Senator Patrick J. Leahy (1980-1985).

       

  • Recent Accomplishments

    • Downs Rachlin Martin's Environmental Law and Land Use team was lead counsel for each of the following permitting projects:

      • Act 250 Master and Construction approvals for three major Vermont ski areas (Mt. Snow, Burke Mountain and Killington/SP Land).
      • Building a 37,500 sq. ft. yogurt manufacturing facility and 23,013 sq. ft. expansion for Commonwealth Dairy LLC, in Brattleboro, Vermont.
      • Grafton Village Cheese Company Cheese Manufacturing Project, Brattleboro, Vermont.
      • Bennington Landfill/Kocher Dump, Darling Hill, Parker Landfill and Pine Street Barge Canal Superfunds Sites, Bennington, Lyndon and Burlington, Vermont.
      • US EPA Lead Abatement/Clean Air Act, US EPA SPCC/Clean Water Act and Vermont Agency of Natural Resources solid waste enforcement matters.
      • Lead counsel at Pine Street Canal Superfund Site in Burlington, Vermont.
  • News

      • Vermont Litigation Attorney Chris Roy Quoted in VT Digger

        Vermont’s Environmental Court has upheld the land use permit for the first phase of a Killington Resort expansion that eventually is to include 2,300 residential units and 200,000 feet of commercial space.

      • Public Hearing on Renewable Energy Siting

        Public Hearing on Renewable Energy Siting The Senate and House Natural Resources and Energy committees will hold a joint public hearing on renewable energy siting – with a focus on solar energy – on Tuesday, March 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Room 11 at the Vermont State House.

      • Three DRM Attorneys Recognized as Lawyers of the Year by Best Lawyers

        Attorneys Johan Maitland, Wilhelmina Dingemans Miller and Peter Van Oot have been named Lawyers of the Year for 2015 by Best Lawyers in America.

      • Kohler, Stadecker New Partners at DRM: Dodge Named Practice Group Chair

        Attorneys  Elizabeth L. Kohler and Cathleen E. Stadecker have been elected directors and owners of the northern New England law firm Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC and Director William J. Dodge has assumed a new leadership role at the firm.  The election of the new members took place at the firm’s annual meeting in December.

      • Environmental Attorney Peter Van Oot Joins Nature Conservancy Board of Trustees

        He began his two year term in April. A long-time leading environmental lawyer in New Hampshire and Vermont, Van Oot’s experience encompasses utility and institutions policy issues, permitting, environmental and regulatory law.

      • Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers

        Five Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC attorneys have been named Lawyers of the Year in Vermont metropolitan areas according to research conducted by a third-party rating service. These five and 17 other DRM attorneys will be featured in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.

      • Trimarco, Fabish Join Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC

        Heidi Trimarco joined the Regulated Entities Group in environmental, land use and energy law and will practice of counsel in the firm’s Lebanon, N.H. office. Alician Fabish returns to DRM’s Brattleboro, VT. office, practicing of counsel in the Labor & Employment Law Group.

      • Van Oot Named to Brownfields Task Force

        The task force will recommend and support efforts by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources and the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development to recover “Brownfield” sites across the state.

      • Heath, Rachlin and Schroeder Receive Lawyer of the Year Recognition

        A single lawyer within each practice area and designated geographic location is recognized, based on extensive peer evaluations and client feedback received by Best Lawyers.

      • Downs Rachlin Martin Celebrates Fifth Year in Upper Valley

        The northern New England law firm Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC recently completed its fifth year in the Upper Valley since DRM welcomed attorneys from Daschbach, Csatari & Young, PLLC on August 1, 2007.

      • Peter Van Oot Spotlight in NH Magazine

        NH Magazine spotlighted Peter Van Oot as one of six "Lawyers of the Year" noted by Best Lawyers in America© for his work in Environmental Law.

      • Secretary of Administration Trey Martin to Rejoin Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC

        Vermont Secretary of Administration Trey Martin will return to the private practice of law at the northern New England law firm Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC after Gov. Peter Shumlin leaves office on Jan. 5. Martin will practice principally in the areas of land use, energy and environmental law and government affairs. He will start his new job on Jan. 9 and work in the firm’s Montpelier office.

      • Tim Sampson Elected Director at DRM

        Attorney Timothy S. Sampson of Charlotte has been named a director of the northern New England law firm Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC. Sampson was elected at the firm’s annual meeting in December and became a director on Jan. 1.

  • Resources

Lawyers who know the lay of the land can help you reach your land use goal expeditiously.

If you have plans to use or develop property, there is broad range of laws that impact how, or even if, those plans will be realized. While you keep your focus on your ideal outcome, you need a team working for your that can foresee the potential road blocks to achieving your goal, before they even crop up.

As lead counsel to industrial, commercial and municipal entities faced with significant environmental, regulatory and compliance issues as well as real estate developers and resorts pursuing large-scale permitting projects, Downs Rachlin Martin's Environmental Law and Land Use team has just that capability. With sharp legal skills, in-depth experience, regulatory relationships, and technical understanding, the team has the comprehensive knowledge to address a full spectrum of environmental, regulatory and land use needs.

Environmental and land use attorney Peter Van Oot is a Charter Fellow of the American College of Environmental Attorneys.  Peter was appointed to the Brownfields Task Force by Vermont Governor Shumlin to recommend and support efforts by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources and the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development to recover “Brownfield” sites across the state in order to clean up the contamination, attract new business development and create jobs. He previously served on the Brownfields Advisory Committee to the Vermont Legislature and on the advisory board of Vermont Law School's Environmental Law Center and Land Use Institute. Peter serves on the board of directors of The Nature Conservancy – Vermont Chapter.  He previously served as a member of Vermont Governor Howard Dean's Council of Environmental Advisors and as a board member and chair of the Vermont Land Trust. He is a past visiting professor of environmental law at Williams College (1999-2003) and was a legislative aide to U.S. Senator Patrick J. Leahy (1980-1985).

 

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