- Municipal & State Government
|University ||University of Rochester, B.A., cum laude, with highest distinction in Economics, 1988|
|Law School||University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1991|
|Admitted||1991, Connecticut; 1991, District of Connecticut; 1994, 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals|
Connecticut Bar Association
New Britain Bar Association
Central Connecticut Visiting Nurse
Trinity on Main, Ltd.
Rebuilding Together, Inc.
|Born||Stafford Springs, Connecticut, July 27, 1966|
Kenneth Slater practices primarily in the areas of land use and environmental law, but also has extensive experience in a number of practice areas including general litigation, contract law and municipal law.
Kenneth has extensive experience in land use matters and regularly represents individuals and business organizations before municipal boards and commissions in every county in Connecticut as well as state and federal agencies. He is frequently consulted to prosecute and defend administrative appeals to the Superior Court regarding the issuance or denial of zoning, planning and wetland permit approvals and enforcement matters. He also regularly serves as counsel to municipalities in land use matters. He is also experienced in complex land use matters involving constitutional and environmental claims and statutory remedies such as the Affordable Housing Appeals Act and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act ( RLUIPA ).
He also has significant experience in environmental law matters. He routinely represents current and former owners of real property regarding legal issues relating to transfer or remediation of contaminated properties and in the prosecution and defense of environmental cost recovery actions. He advises businesses, property owners, municipalities and individuals regarding environmental regulation, permitting and enforcement. He appears regularly before federal and state environmental regulatory and siting agencies and federal and state courts regarding environmental matters.
He served as lead counsel in several appeals to the Connecticut Supreme and Appellate Courts involving important issues in land use law. He also lectures on a variety of environmental and land use law topics.
He serves on several charitable boards of directors, is a member of the Knights of Columbus and is a former president of the New Britain-Berlin Rotary Club.
Federal Appeals Decision Broadens Remedy for Development of Religious Land Uses
New England Real Estate Journal, By: Kenneth R. Slater, Jr, 11/21/2014
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|Reported Cases||Representative Matters: Appellate Court Reverses Trial Court and Rules that Construction Yard was Subject to Zoning Enforcement; Halloran & Sage obtained a favorable decision of the Connecticut Appellate Court reversing a decision of the Superior Court on behalf of our client, the Town of Columbia. The Appellate Court ruled that the Town of Columbia Zoning Board of Appeals correctly determined that a construction business was being operated in violation of the zoning regulations and the zoning permit requirements applicable to the business. Importantly, the Appellate Court found that the contractor yard regulations ruled to be unenforceable by the trial court were, in fact, valid and allowed the regulation of the site contractors construction yard adjoining a residential neighborhood. Kenneth Slater handled this matter.; Successful Adverse Possession Claim for Land Owners; The Rockville Superior Court, after a several day trial, ruled that our clients had proven by clear and convincing evidence that they acquired title by adverse possession of a strip of land that they believed was part of their residential property in Vernon. Suit was filed by Halloran & Sage after the adjoining property owner cleared extensive landscaping and gardens planted and maintained by our clients. The court rejected the credibility of several witnesses presented by the defense regarding the historical use of the property and credited the plaintiffs' case that an error during construction on the property resulted in a mutual misunderstanding in the location of the boundary line. Kenneth Slater handled the matter.; Successful Defense of Possession Claim for Beach Association; Our client, a Westbrook beach association established by a special act of the legislature, successfully defended a suit before the Middletown Superior Court in which an owner of adjoining property claimed title to a portion of the beach that had substantially expanded in size as result of accretion caused after a jetty had been constructed. As a result of decision, the beach association will continue to maintain and manage the beach on behalf of its members. Kenneth Slater handled the matter.; Siting Council Rules in Favor of Local Jurisdiction in Cell Tower Dispute; In June 2015, the Connecticut Siting Council rejected a proposal to build a 180-foot lattice cell/training tower in Farmington, Connecticut. The Applicant, Tower Holdings LLC, originally proposed building the tower to be used solely for training. But the company later partnered with AT&T to add an antenna array to the tower, saying there was a gap in coverage. That change sent the proposal to the Connecticut Siting Council, which has jurisdiction over the siting of commercial cellular providers. Duncan Forsyth, Kenneth Slater and Kelly McKeon argued on behalf of the Town of Farmington that the Siting Council lacks the jurisdiction to cite and approve training towers and their associated operations, as these are matters for the local planning and zoning commission. The Council agreed, and ruled in a 5-1 decision that the training aspect of the proposed tower does not meet any defined public safety benefit under the Council's jurisdiction, and is a matter for the local regulatory process. This was a significant victory on behalf of the Town, which felt strongly that the Applicant should go through the local regulatory process for the siting of its training tower.|
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