Halloran & Sage
Mr. Zizka’s career has been that of a lawyer, a scientist, a town selectman, an author, and an educator. He brings all those skills to bear for his legal clients. His focus has been on issues related to government agencies (often municipalities) and on the use and development of land. He holds both bachelor of science and master of science degrees in Geology, and he mapped the glacial geology of the Columbia topographic quadrangle (an area of about fifty-five square miles) for the Connecticut DEP (now DEEP). He later spent five years as a hydrogeologist for DEP, where he helped dozens of municipalities and landowners analyze the potential consequences of different land uses. As a practicing lawyer since 1982, Mr. Zizka has advised or represented 60 different Connecticut municipalities, as well as a host of private landowners, both as counselor and litigator in state and federal courts. His cases have involved issues such as affordable housing, subdivision development, wetlands activities, nonconforming uses, zone changes, environmental pollution and inverse condemnation (“takings”). As a municipal counselor, he has drafted groundbreaking regulations and ordinances on a wide variety of topics. His written works include the widely used and well regarded, What’s Legally Required? A Guide to the Legal Rules for Making Local Land Use Decisions in the State of Connecticut (CT DEP, 7th Ed. 2004), as well as State and Local Land Use Liability (West Group), an annually updated national treatise on land use regulation. He is also a frequent speaker and lecturer on land use and environmental topics.

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