Matthew Landry

Top rated Land Use & Zoning attorney in Providence, Rhode Island

Blish & Cavanagh LLP
Matthew Landry
Blish & Cavanagh LLP

Practice Areas: Land Use & Zoning, Real Estate; view more

Licensed in Rhode Island since: 2013

Education: Western Michigan University Cooley Law School

Selected to Rising Stars: 2021 - 2023

Blish & Cavanagh LLP

30 Exchange Terrace
Commerce Center
Providence, RI 02903 Visit website

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Attorney Matthew Landry has been affiliated with Blish & Cavanagh, LLP, in Providence, Rhode Island, since 2013. His legal practice primarily focuses on civil litigation pertaining to real estate development and land-use matters. He helps clients across all the cities and towns in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

With considerable experience in representing real estate developers and property owners, Mr. Landry is well-versed in various aspects of residential and commercial land development projects. He frequently appears before municipal planning and zoning boards across the state, as well as state permitting agencies such as the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and the Coastal Resources Management Council.

Furthermore, Mr. Landry has a strong background in condominium law; he has assisted clients comprehensively in all stages of condominium creation, including preparing the offering statements, association bylaws and declarations. Recognized by the legal community, Mr. Landry has been included in the "Ones to Watch" list for his accomplishments in real estate law and real estate litigation by Best Lawyers. He also holds a “Good” rating on Avvo.

Mr. Landry obtained his bachelor’s degree from Johnson & Wales University in 2005, followed by his Juris Doctor from Western Michigan University in 2012. During his time in law school, he was a dean’s list student and served as a member of the assistant board of editors for the Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law Review.

Admitted to practice law in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, Mr. Landry actively participates as a member of the Rhode Island Bar Journal Editorial Board and the Rhode Island Bar Association Superior Court Bench/Bar Committee. He has also fulfilled the role of assistant solicitor to planning and zoning boards in various municipalities within Rhode Island.

Practice areas

Land Use/Zoning, Real Estate: Business

Focus areas

Condominiums & Cooperatives

  • 60% Land Use/Zoning
  • 40% Real Estate: Business

First Admitted: 2012

Professional Webpage: https://www.blishcavlaw.com/attorney/matthew-j-landry/

Educational Background:
  • Johnson & Wales University, Bachelor’s Degree – 2005
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Rhode Island Bar, 2013
  • Massachusetts Bar, 2013
  • United States District Court, District of Rhode Island, 2014
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Participant/volunteer for the 2023 Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center Boston Marathon Team. Currently assisting the Stepping Strong Center with raising $1million goal and personally pledging $8000 towards the Center in fundraising. I will be running the 2023 Boston Marathon as one of their representatives. , 2022
  • Provided legal services to St Thomas More Parish and St Veronica's Chapel in Narragansett, RI. Provided legal counsel to the parish to facilitate the development and construction of an expanded parking lot area and property access. Legal work included development plan review and services in connection with planning board and zoning board submissions.  Other work was performed in connection with parish addition and historical district review. 
Representative Clients:
  • Developer's counsel for Comprehensive Permit application proposing 2300 rental units at Winnapaug Golf Course, Westerly, RI.  https://www.thewesterlysun.com/news/westerly/winnapaug-golf-course-housing-meetings-coming-up/article_c01bbeb0-b4b0-11ee-9283-93ca87ed3b67.html, 2023
  • Counsel for abutting landowners in opposition to a renewed application for a solar farm in Johnston (300+acres) by Green Development. , 2023
  • WC-2018-0005 - Successfully represented an abutter/intervenor in opposition to an applicant's administrative appeal. Applicant was denied relief from the zoning board of review to construct an excessively large structure on a limited building footprint within CRMC's jurisdiction. The Court upheld the denial of the board citing the relief was not the least relief necessary, 2022
  • Represented several real estate developers and non profit groups with Comprehensive Permit applications under the Rhode Island Low and Moderate Income Housing Act. Assisted clients with applications to RI Housing for Letters of Eligibility and Land Bank Funds for use in affordable housing developments, 2022
  • Representing large group of abutters in opposition to 5 separate applications for zoning relief to construct 300+ acre solar facility. Specific issues on appeal to the Supreme Court of Rhode Island concerning abutters right to intervene in administrative appeals.  SU-2022-0337-A; SU-2022-0339-A; SU-2022-0336-A; SU-2022-0335-A; SU-2022-0343-A, 2022
  • Successfully represented a group residential abutters to a 300+ acre (100,000) solar panel development in the City of Johnston. Zoning Board of Review denied the five respective applications for a special-use permit. (Pending Superior Court Review); Associated matters and appeal to Rhode Island Supreme Court currently pending review, 2022
  • NC-2020-0267 - Motion for Partial Summary Judgement granted on Count I - Trespass and Count II - R.I.G.L. 34-20-1, 2022
  • Ocean Mist; Matunuck Pizza Pie Co. - Extensive land-use planning and permitting projects through Matunuck area. Representation included regular practice before local planning and zoning boards, CRMC and RIDEM. Drafting new zoning overlay district and parameters for beach village development, 2022
  • Ocean Mist; Matunuck Pizza Pie Co. - Extensive land-use planning and permitting projects through Matunuck area. Representation included regular practice before local planning and zoning boards, CRMC and RIDEM. , 2020
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Counsel for large group of residential abutters in opposition to a 300+ acre solar farm proposed in Johnston Rhode Island. Applicant has reapplied to the local zoning board of review despite a denial for the same project in 2022. The 2022 appeals are pending review by the RI Supreme Court.  https://www.providencejournal.com/story/news/environment/2024/01/18/this-fight-over-a-solar-farm-in-johnston-has-dragged-on-for-years-green-development/72256912007/, 2023
  • https://www.bostonglobe.com/2023/11/03/metro/experts-speak-out-against-proposed-solar-field-rural-rhode-island-town/?p1=BGSearch_Overlay_Results, 2023
  • https://www.providencejournal.com/story/news/environment/2024/01/18/this-fight-over-a-solar-farm-in-johnston-has-dragged-on-for-years-green-development/72256912007/, 2023
  • Counsel for developer proposing 2300 units (25% affordable units/Comprehensive Permit) at the Winnapaug Golf Course in Westerly, RI.  https://www.thewesterlysun.com/news/westerly/winnapaug-golf-course-housing-meetings-coming-up/article_c01bbeb0-b4b0-11ee-9283-93ca87ed3b67.html, 2023
  • Article representing involvement in 2300 unit affordable/market rate development project.  https://www.thewesterlysun.com/news/westerly/winnapaug-golf-course-housing-meetings-coming-up/article_c01bbeb0-b4b0-11ee-9283-93ca87ed3b67.html, 2023
  • https://johnstonsunrise.net/stories/still-no-vote-on-solar,236242?, 2023
  • Boston Globe article detailing Johnston Solar Matter where I represent group of opposing land owners.  https://www.bostonglobe.com/2023/12/15/metro/residents-urge-ri-town-to-reject-a-solar-project-in-residential-neighborhood/, 2023
  • Article demonstrating involvement in affordable housing projects in southern rhode island.  https://www.thewesterlysun.com/news/westerly/wells-street-housing-proposal-moves-forward-planning-board-to-continue-review-later-this-month/article_4503783a-8c70-11ed-9774-cb8db3a1a6eb.html, 2022
  • Successful representation of group of abutters in opposition to 300+ acre solar facility in Town of Johnston. https://www.providencejournal.com/story/news/local/2022/06/14/green-development-appeal-johnston-zoning-board-denial-permit-solar-farm/7612102001/, 2022
  • Successful representation of a group of residential abutters in opposition to a 300+ acre solar facility on the City of Johnston. The Zoning Board of Review denied five separate applications.  https://www.providencejournal.com/story/news/local/2022/05/26/ri-solar-farm-green-development-johnston-rhode-island-illustrates-renewable-energy-challenge/9909661002/, 2022
  • Representing group of abutters in opposition to large scale solar facility in Johnston, RI. https://johnstonsunrise.net/stories/johnston-zoning-board-delays-solar-decision-for-a-month,172836, 2022
  • Land-use dispute involving the Town of Tiverton - Providence Journal December 19th, 2019. https://www.providencejournal.com/news/20191209/tiverton-couple-has-spent-11000-in-legal-fees-as-result-of-town-officials-mistake, 2019
  • Land-Use litigation concerning revisions to the Town of Westerly Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance as it relates to golf course development and residential uses. The Westerly Sun October 7, 2020 - https://www.thewesterlysun.com/news/westerly/residents-get-say-on-proposed-golf-course-regs-rights-of-way-at-comprehensive-plan-hearing/article_6a5c1086-08c1-11eb-9455-7fc906e649a5.html, 2020
  • Ongoing land-use dispute concerning proposed 400acre solar energy facility in the Town of West Greenwich. Providence Journal Oct. 16, 2019.  https://www.providencejournal.com/news/20191016/west-greenwich-residents-air-concerns-over-proposed-solar-project, 2019
Videos:
  • Counsel for large group of residential abutters to 300+acre solar farm proposed in Johnston, RI. This is a renewed application after the applicant was denied in 2022. , Johnston mulls new solar panel farm proposal, Real Estate, Solar, 2023
Honors/Awards:
  • Selected to the 3rd Edition of Best Lawyers Ones to Watch - A U.S. News and World Report Publication. “Following the Purely Peer Review™ methodology, Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch recognizes associates and other lawyers who are earlier in their careers for their outstanding professional excellence in private practice.”, The Best Lawyers in America:Ones to Watch, Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch: https://www.bestlawyers.com/ones-to-watch, 2023
  • , RI Super Lawyers Rising Star, Superlawyers.com, 2023
  • , Rhode Island Super Lawyers Rising Star, superlawyers.com, 2022
  • Selected to the 2nd Edition of Best Lawyers Ones to Watch (April 2022)- A U.S. News and World Report Publication. “Following the Purely Peer Review™ methodology, Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch recognizes associates and other lawyers who are earlier in their careers for their outstanding professional excellence in private practice.”, The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch©, Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch: https://www.bestlawyers.com/ones-to-watch, 2022
  • , Rhode Island Super Lawyers Rising Star, Recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star, 2021
  • Nominated for the inaugural edition of the Best Lawyers Ones To Watch publication (April 9th, 2021). “Following the Purely Peer Review™ methodology, Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch recognizes associates and other lawyers who are earlier in their careers for their outstanding professional excellence in private practice.”, The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch©, Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch: https://www.bestlawyers.com/ones-to-watch, 2021
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Rhode Island Bar Association Superior Court Bench/Bar Committee, 2023
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Member
  • Rhode Island Bar Association, Member
  • Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island
  • Rhode Island Bar Association Superior Court Bench/Bar Committee, 2022
  • Rhode Island Bar Journal Editorial Board, 2022
  • Rhode Island Bar Association Superior Court Bench/Bar Committee, 2021
  • Rhode Island Bar Journal Editorial Board, 2021
  • Rhode Island Bar Association Superior Court Bench/Bar Committee, 2020
  • Rhode Island Bar Journal Editorial Board, 2020
  • Rhode Island Bar Journal Editorial Board, 2019
  • Rhode Island Bar Association Superior Court Bench/Bar Committee, 2019
  • Rhode Island Bar Association New Lawyers Committee, 2019
  • Rhode Island Bar Association New Lawyers Committee, 2018
  • Rhode Island Bar Journal Editorial Board, 2018
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Favorable decision of the Town of Johnston Zoning Board of Review in opposition to an application for a 350+acre solar farm development in Western Johnston. , 2024
  • Favorable decision of the State Housing Appeals Board overturning a denial by the Town of South Kingstown Planning Board for a 70-unit Comprehensive Permit application. In Re: Suffolk Realty, LLC v. Town of South Kingstown Planning Board. , 2023
  • Rhode Island Bar Journal Editorial Board, 2023
  • Empire Acquisition Group v. Town of Seekonk Zoning Bd. of Appeals, 2022 Mass. LCR LEXIS 50, 30 LCR 383, 2022
  • Caldwell v. Zoning Bd. of Review, 2022 R.I. Super. LEXIS 22, 2022
  • NC-2020-0267 - McCormack v. Island Avenue Realty et al. - Motion for Partial Summary Judgement granted on Count I - Trespass and Count II - R.I.G.L. 34-20-1, 2022
  • Lehigh Northeast Cement Co. v. Bd. of Appeals of Wilmington, 486 Mass. 1104 (2020)., 2020
  • Tresca Brothers Sand & Gravel, Inc. v. Board of Appeals of Wilmington, 97 Mass. App. Ct. 1128 (2020)
  • Tresca Brothers Sand & Gravel, Inc et al vs Town of Wilmington Board of Appeals. No. 1681CV01986, 2018 Mass. Super. LEXIS 2158 (Nov. 8, 2018), 2018
  • Kilmartin v Barbuto, 158 A.3d 735 (R.I. 2017), 2017
  • Colwell v. Town of Coventry Zoning Bd. of Review, 2015 R.I. Super LEXIS 71, 2015
Industry Groups:
  • Business
  • Corporations
  • Real Estate

Office location for Matthew Landry

30 Exchange Terrace
Commerce Center
Providence, RI 02903

Phone: 401-831-8900

Selections

3 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2021 - 2023

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