Anne McCaughey has more 20 years of experience in land use law in both the private and public sector, most recently as general counsel to the New York City Council's Land Use Division. She counsels clients on a wide range of real estate matters, drawing on her extensive knowledge of New York City legislative and administrative law on land use and zoning.

Anne guides clients on large-scale developments, helping them navigate projects through the City's Uniform Land Use Review Process (ULURP). She regularly interacts with the Department of City Planning, the City Planning Commission, the borough presidents, community boards and other key governmental actors.

In her role as general counsel to the City Council's Land Use Division, and lead counsel to the Land Use Committee and its subcommittees, Anne advised City Council members on all City-wide land use matters and development projects and served as the primary interface with relevant external stakeholders.

Anne also represented the City Council in related interactions with the offices of Mayors Michael Bloomberg and Bill de Blasio, the New York City Corporation Counsel and other city, state and federal entities and officials on many of the City's most significant, large scale rezonings and development projects, including Astoria Cove, Willets Point, Domino Sugar, Hudson Square, Empire Outlets/New York Wheel, as well as the New York University and Cornell University expansions.

Prior to her governmental role, Anne represented clients in private practice by lobbying elected officials and community boards to obtain discretionary land use approvals, successfully litigating numerous CPLR Article 78 challenges, negotiating purchase agreements and related land use declarations, and securing tax exemptions and abatements for developers under the ICIP/ICAP and 421-a programs.

Memberships & Associations

  • New York City Bar Association
    • Land Use, Planning & Zoning Committee