The zoning process has many moving parts, any one of which can entangle a client.
A business may bet its future on a particular property and its use. The zoning process may be a substantial hurdle for such plans. Objectors may fear a proposal will negatively impact them and their properties. A government body may not be sympathetic to a proposal. Press coverage could put an applicant in a bad light. No matter the final decision, an aggrieved party can appeal the decision, stretching out the process and greatly increasing its cost.
As an attorney, it’s up to you to find the best route for your client to reach his or her goals. Though the zoning process holds the promise of achieving those goals, what will that cost in money, time, energy and emotion? Getting all the interested parties together to fashion a fair agreement will serve everyone’s interest.
Why Put it Off?
After spending more than 30 years in court on both sides of the bench, retired Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Sandra Schultz Newman established Newman ADR, an alternative dispute resolution company. She offers zoning mediation, arbitration, neutral fact-finding, neutral evaluation and summary jury trials as tools to help parties in Pennsylvania resolve their differences and move on with their lives.
Newman ADR is the provider of choice for alternative dispute resolution in Pennsylvania. Justice Newman has brought the most adversarial clients to mutual understanding in the toughest of cases. As the principal of Newman ADR, Justice Sandra Schultz Newman developed her mediation skills early on in her career, spending nearly 20 years in a private legal practice.
Even when emotions cloud the parties’ rational judgment, Newman ADR’s proven ability to bring divergent parties to agreement is what makes us a successful and sought after zoning mediator. Lawyers can feel confident in referring Pennsylvania zoning mediation cases to Newman ADR. Justice Newman is dedicated to her clients’ individual needs and has the experience and expertise to achieve their goals and expectations.
When Justice Sandra Schultz Newman takes a Pennsylvania zoning arbitration case, she commands respect from clients and attorneys. Knowing that she was a sitting judge and justice helps clients to feel confident that her arbitration decisions are objective and based on a solid legal understanding, as well as the principles of equity and fairness.
Newman ADR provides support in neutral evaluation when one or both parties are seeking the advice of an experienced attorney. Objective evaluation sometimes can move parties away from unrealistic positions, or at least provide them with more insight into the strengths and weaknesses of their case.
Newman ADR will provide neutral fact-finding through investigation of an issue, reports or testimonies in court. An independent investigation can provide parties with neutral information for use in the resolution process.
Newman ADR also can hold a summary jury trial for parties who want to resolve a case but can’t reach an agreement on the terms. A limited trial, with a jury deciding those terms, can be much more manageable and less expensive than a full trial.
If you’ve been unable to reach a settlement in a zoning matter, contact Newman ADR. Put the zoning process on track to a fair resolution that will allow the parties, and their attorneys, to put the issue behind them and move on. Call Newman ADR today at (610) 527-0404.
In addition to zoning, Newman ADR helps parties resolve their differences in family law, medical malpractice, personal injury, workers’ compensation and other cases.