Zoning and Land Use

We have extensive experience in zoning and site plan approval.  Our attorneys routinely work with the most respected engineering firms, architects, planners, traffic engineers and environmental consultants in Maryland and Virginia to achieve their clients' business objectives, and maintain close contacts with governmental officials and community organizations.  We are frequently retained to represent parties in connection with the most controversial and high profile land use cases.  

The scope of our Zoning and Land Use practice includes all types of development, from residential to commercial, public utilities to schools and colleges, large subdivisions to apartment complexes, large mixed use PUDs to single parcel development, and shopping centers to places of worship.  The clients we represent come from the largest publicly traded entities to families and small businesses.

Articles

New Zoning Code Threatened by Urban Renewal Plans

In June 2017, after nearly ten years of planning, drafting and revising, Baltimore City’s new zoning code became law.  In some areas of Baltimore, however, existing Urban Renewal Plans are undermining the new code’s visions for growth and development.  While city and neighborhood stakeholders are working to align the new code with existing Urban Renewal Plans, the conflict between the two is creating uncertainty for developers in some areas of the city.

News

U.S. News Awards Top-Tier Rankings to 46 Whiteford Practices, Including 18 Nationally

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston is pleased to announce that U.S. News and World Report - Best Lawyers ® “Best Law Firms” has awarded the firm exemplary rankings for 2019.  Eighteen of the firm’s practices are ranked at the national level, including two practices with national Tier 1 rankings:  Litigation and Bankruptcy.  At the state level, an additional forty-six practices have been ranked in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and VA.

Land Use and Zoning Attorney Keith Martin Joins Whiteford NOVA Office

Baltimore – Whiteford Taylor & Preston announced today that Keith C. Martin, a Northern Virginia based land use and zoning attorney with thirty-five years of experience in the region, has joined the firm as counsel in its Falls Church office.

“We are pleased to welcome Keith to the firm,” said Managing Partner Martin Fletcher. ”His reputation and experience add significantly to our capabilities for serving our clients’ land use and zoning needs in Virginia, as well as Maryland.” 

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston Recognized as National Tier 1 by U.S. News and World Report

Baltimore – The 2017 edition of U.S. News and World Report - Best Lawyers ® “Best Law Firms” has awarded Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP exemplary ratings in its seventh annual rankings of law firms.

Twenty of the firm’s practices were ranked at the national level, as well as thirty-seven in Maryland, ten in Washington, D.C., and two in Roanoke, VA.

Jeff Seaman Wins Victory for Capital Crescent Trail and Homeowner

The Circuit Court for Montgomery County recently issued its decision in a case that has been the source of significant controversy in the Bethesda / Chevy Chase area.  The case arose from the County’s citation of our client, Ajay Bhatt, for repairing his backyard fence which, according to the citation, was in the County’s right of way.  The controversy stemmed from the fact that ‘right of way’ at issue is inside the planned route for the Purple Line light rail, and from the fact that Mr. Bhatt also happens to be the President of a local anti-Purple Line advocacy group.