Benjamin H. Dowling, Attorney at Law Call: 617-217-1438
Benjamin H. Dowling, Attorney at LawCall: 617-217-1438

Zoning & Land Use



Attorney Dowling has a background in engineering which makes him uniquely qualified to shepherd your project through the permitting and financing process to ensure project success.  Attorney Dowling understands how projects are affected not just by legal considerations but also by financing, feasibility and construction.  Because of his experience on a local Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals, Attorney Dowling has unique and valuable insight into the regulatory and community relations aspects of the development process as well.  Like any competent lawyer, Attorney Dowling can certainly provide a detailed and nuanced analysis of the legal and regulatory risks and liabilities associated with a particular project.  But because Attorney Dowling is not just an attorney, he can also provide an analysis that takes into consideration and is compatible with the various other critical aspects of the development process.




If you own a home or rent and are concerned about how your neighbor or the government is planning on using land near you, Attorney Dowling can help ensure the land use activity you are concerned with is compliant with Massachusetts or Rhode Island law.  Transportation issues are often a contentious aspect of large development projects.  As an attorney with an extensive background in transportation engineering, Attorney Dowling is uniquely suited to critique, review and challenge development proposals.

Areas of Expertise and FAQs





  • Challenging a Zoning Ordinance or Bylaw 


  • Subdivision and ANR Permitting (Form A)





  • Navigating MEPA/NEPA




  • Presenting to a Conservation Commission


  • Presenting to a Planning Board


  • Zoninng Board of Appeals


  • Takings Issues 


  • Zoning Opinion Letters







Attorney Dowling represents individuals and businesses throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island with concentrations in Bristol, Norfolk and Plymouth counties including the cities and towns of Attleboro, North Attleboro, Norton, Foxborough, Easton, Plainville, Wrentham, Franklin, Taunton, Seekonk, Swansea, Dighton, Mansfield, Walpole, Norwood, Sharon, Cumberland, Lincoln, Pawtucket, East Providence, North Smithfield, Woonsocket, Barrington and last but not least Warren.


Benjamin H. Dowling, Esq.
89 North Main Street
Attleboro, MA 02703

Hours: By Appointment

Phone: (617) 217-1438

Fax: (508) 409-3651


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