J. RAYMOND MIYARES holds a degree in Urban Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in addition to his law degree from the University of Virginia. Mr. Miyares is principally known for his expertise in planning, zoning and facility siting matters. He served on the Secretary of Environmental Affairs’ Siting Policy Task Force and has represented municipalities both in favor of and opposing a wide range of major developments and facilities.
An experienced negotiator, Mr. Miyares has also concluded numerous host community agreements requiring mitigation and offsetting benefits in Towns that are asked to accept controversial facilities, provide zoning or tax relief, provide support in state permitting processes or settle development-related litigation.
Mr. Miyares was the lead author of a Chapter entitled “Municipal Real Estate Transactions” in MCLE’s Massachusetts Municipal Law (2012).
Mr. Miyares is particularly adept in land use matters with significant technical issues requiring interaction with expert consultants and witnesses. He has frequently appeared in proceedings where technical and engineering issues are being adjudicated. He has served as a member of a number of advisory committees in his hometown of Belmont, and currently is a member of the Town’s Bylaw Review Committee.
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