Daniel W. Robinson


Land Use Analyst

  • Overview


    Daniel Robinson is a land use analyst with over a decade of professional experience in land use, smart-growth planning, and coastal resource management, from California to Connecticut. He is nationally accredited as a professional planner from the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).

    Land Use – Zoning 
    As a member of Robinson+Cole’s Real Estate + Development Group, Daniel prepares analyses of municipal zoning ordinances and permitting processes for a multitude of land use proposals around the country. He assists clients with background and due diligence research and analysis on specific sites and their applicable land use regulations for various development and redevelopment projects, including comprehensive reviews of municipal zoning, subdivision, planned unit development, coastal resource protection, and other regulations. He regularly visits local planning and zoning departments and meets with town planners for site specific research to assist with client needs regarding current and future development or conservation of land or with various legal matters as assigned.  

    Daniel assists a range of clients, including by providing research and analysis to a national real estate trade association on state and local land use and real estate-related initiatives, trends, and regulatory amendments, across the country. Daniel also regularly works with a major world-wide retailer to prepare zoning analyses as part of their due diligence process in planning for new and repurposed development throughout the country.

    Prior to joining Robinson+Cole, Daniel worked in a variety of roles in the public sector, including as an assistant town planner for Ridgefield, Connecticut, and for almost a decade in Santa Cruz, California as a coastal program analyst/land use planner for the California Coastal Commission, a planning and regulatory agency. In 2007, Daniel was selected as a NOAA Coastal Management Fellow. In that capacity, he worked for the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, another state planning and regulatory agency, where he assessed and implemented marine spatial planning and ecosystem-based management within the San Francisco Bay area.  

  • Experience
    • Experience


      • Assisted hundreds of applicants with the approval of their private or publicly-funded development projects after ensuring consistency with local and state land use regulations and smart growth planning principles.

      • Worked side-by-side with a planning consultant firm to update a municipality’s 2020 Plan of Conservation and Development in western Connecticut.

      • Spearheaded the approval of an approximately 6,000-acre section of coastal land to be preserved in perpetuity in central coastal California.

    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      American Institute of Certified Planners

      American Planning Association

      American Planning Association, Connecticut Chapter
    • Community Involvement

      Community Involvement

      Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council