Eldad Gothelf is Chief Land Use and Development Specialist in Herrick's Land Use & Zoning Group, who works with our clients to guide them throughout every step of the development process. Specifically, he advises clients on zoning, land use, DOB, sustainable development and affordable housing issues. In addition, he handles applications to the New York City Department of City Planning, the Board of Standards and Appeals, the Landmarks Preservation Commission, the Department of Buildings and the Department of Housing, Preservation and Development.
Prior to joining Herrick, Eldad was Vice President of Planning & Government Relations at HAP Investments, where he was intricately involved in every aspect of the firm's development projects, including oversight of development teams, obtaining governmental approvals, drafting condominium plans.
Eldad is an Adjunct Professor of Urban Planning at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation where he teaches about NYC land use approvals and zoning. He has also led several studio classes, including investigations of alternate uses for the Tappan Zee Bridge and a feasibility study of micro-unit housing in Westchester County.
Eldad has an MS in Urban Planning from Columbia University where he focused on affordable housing and community development. He has a BA in History and Sociology from Brandeis University. Additionally, he is a LEED AP - an Accredited Professional in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green building rating system.