Zoning and planning issues are often the most local of legal issues for people and companies. They affect the neighborhoods where we live, where we work, and where businesses are located. Increasingly, residential and commercial property owners find that improvements or changes to their properties require municipal zoning or land development approval. Our attorneys can navigate you through the complicated areas of zoning, building permits, stormwater and wastewater management, and other environmental concerns.

Practice Areas:

Our attorneys have experience in a variety of areas involving land use in helping individuals, business owners, and developers throughout the entire process from start to finish.
Such services include, but are not limited to:

  • Zoning applications (variances, special exceptions, conditional uses)
  • Permits
  • Small and large land development projects
  • Municipality representation


Wireless Telecommunications:

Nikolaus & Hohenadel has over twenty years’ experience representing national and regional wireless telecommunication carriers and tower companies in all facets of zoning and land use matters throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, including municipal zoning proceedings, state court appellate cases and federal court litigation under the Telecommunications Act of 1996.


Our attorneys are experienced representing municipalities, property owners and neighborhood groups in all counties throughout South Central Pennsylvania. Whether it is a side yard variance necessary to accommodate a new deck or addition, or a multi-unit residential subdivision or commercial development, the lawyers of Nikolaus & Hohenadel, LLP bring problem-solving, practical advice to task.


Our attorneys are also seasoned trial counsel prosecuting appeals in the permitting process or litigating claims airing from title questions or real estate contracts. We can advise on the hiring of other professionals such as engineers, geologists and landscape architects whose services are essential in the processing of permit applications.

Zoning & Land Use Planning Attorneys:


Columbia Office

Mike Grab

Elizabethtown Office

John M. Smith

Jeffrey S. Shank

Lancaster Office

Matt Creme

Bernadette Hohenadel

Victoria Storz