The Do’s and Don’t’s of Zoning Lot Mergers and Development Rights Transfers in New York City

Monday, December 3, 2018 | 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.


Program Co-Chairs:
Sheila M. Pozon

Sheila M. Pozon
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Benjamin Stark

Benjamin Stark
Slater & Beckerman PC

  • Receive an overview of current New York City law governing zoning lot mergers and the transfer of unused development rights, known as “air rights,” between contiguous and non-contiguous lots, as well as the mechanics and practical considerations involved in such matters. Speakers will review relevant provisions of the NYC Zoning Resolution, explain core concepts using real life examples, explore key title issues, and review each form required for zoning lot merger transfers. Other topics to be covered include special zoning districts with incentives for development rights transfers, as well as special considerations for transferring development rights to and from properties owned by not-for-profit organizations.

    Live Program & Webcast: $229 for Members | $329 for Nonmembers

    Members who are Recent Law Graduates, Newly Admitted Lawyers (earliest admission 2016-2018 in any state or country), In-House/Corporate Counsel, Judges (and their staff), or attorneys that practice within the Government, Academic or Not-for-Profit sectors attend this program for free.


  • Michael J. Berey
    First American Title Insurance Company
    David Karnovsky
    Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
    John Mangin
    New York City Department of City Planning
    Renato Matos
    Capell Barnett Matalon & Schoenfeld LLP


  • 6:00 p.m. – 6:05 p.m. Introductory Remarks & Program Overview

    David Karnovsky

    6:05 p.m. – 6:40 p.m. Fundamentals of Zoning Lot Mergers & Development Rights Transfers

    • A discussion of basic concepts & related issues

    Benjamin Stark

    6:40 p.m. – 7:20 p.m. Mechanics of a Zoning Lot Merger  

    • A discussion of required documentation, title issues & due diligence

    Sheila Pozon

    7:20 p.m. – 7:40 p.m. Special Considerations for Transfers of Development Rights to & from Properties Owned by Not-for-Profit Organizations  

    Renato Matos

    7:40 p.m. – 7:50 p.m.    Break
    7:50 p.m. – 8:20 p.m. Title Issues in Development Rights Transfers

    Michael J. Berey

    8:20 p.m. – 8:40 p.m.              Special Zoning Provisions Governing Development Rights Transfers Between Non-Contiguous Parcels

    John Mangin

    8:40 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Question & Answer Session 



  • CLE Credit
     3.0 Skills
     3.4 General
    CA: 3.0 General
    PA: 2.5 General


  • Sterling Bank

    Sponsoring Association Committee: Land Use Planning & Zoning Committee | David Mark Karnovsky, Chair

    Sponsorship Opportunities are Available! Please Contact:
    Angie Avila, Membership Outreach and Sponsorships Manager | (212) 382-6608 |