Brett concentrates on zoning and land use matters with a focus on obtaining the necessary permits and approvals that enable a developer to build or renovate a building, construct a dwelling or open or expand a business. As part of this process, he works closely with various City agencies including the Planning Commission, Department of Licenses & Inspections, Streets Department, Historical Commission, Art Commission, Zoning Board of Adjustment, Philadelphia Water Department, as well as City Council. Drawing on his extensive planning background and community involvement, he also works directly with local community groups and elected officials to secure their support for his clients’ projects. Once zoning approvals are obtained, he assists in obtaining necessary building-related permits, operational licenses, and tax abatements.
Brett’s practice includes:
Vanderbilt University School of Law, J.D.
University of Pennsylvania Law School, non-matriculating student
Cornell University, B.S.
Member, Edmund N. Bacon Program Committee of The Center for Architecture
Member, Regional Cooperation Committee, Mayor’s Philadelphia 21st Century Review Forum
Member, Executive Board, Spruce Hill Community Association
Participant, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, Leadership Development Program
Member, Urban Land Institute, Young Leaders Group
Member, Executive Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association, Real Property Section
Member, Philadelphia Bar Association
Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association
Course Instructor, Citizens Planning Institute, Fall 2019 Course “Zoning 2.0”, October 2019
Host and Moderator, “A Roundtable on the Pew 10th Annual State of the City Report”, Philadelphia, PA, May 2019
Host and Moderator, “An Overview of the New Philadelphia Land Bank,” Philadelphia, PA, May 2014
Host and Moderator, “The Story Behind the Current Center City Retail and Commercial Renaissance,” Philadelphia, PA, April 2013
Host and Moderator, “An Overview of the New Philadelphia Zoning Code’s Provisions Concerning the Role of the Community,” Philadelphia, PA, June 2012
Author, “The Importance of Obtaining Support When Seeking Zoning Relief,” The Legal Intelligencer, March 30, 2009