Jennifer R. Busse

Jennifer R. Busse

PARTNER
jbusse@wtplaw.com
TOWSON
T: 410.832.2077
F: 410.339.4027



Ms. Busse has over 19 years of experience representing property owners, developers, businesses, utilities, and other institutional users on real estate issues.  Her practice focuses on land use, development and zoning work.  Ms. Busse has specific experience in:

Recognitions

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2013 - present
  • Named a "Rising Star" by Maryland Super Lawyers (2010, 2011)
 

Memberships & Activities

  • Member: Baltimore County Economic Development Commission
  • Board Member: Baltimore County Chapter of the Home Builders Association of Maryland (HBAM)
  • Member: National Association of Industrial & Office Properties (NAIOP)
  • Member: Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce
  • Member: Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member: Baltimore County Bar Association
  • Member, Team of Advisors: Baltimore County Sustainability Network
  • Former Board Member: Board of Directors of the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce
  • Former Board Member: Board of Directors of the Greater Towson Committee, Inc.
  • Former Vice President: Greater Towson Committee, Inc.
  • Former Chair: Baltimore County Bar Association State and Local Laws/Zoning Committee
  • Best Lawyers Designation

Land Use, Development and Zoning

  • Assisting clients through all phases of the development process throughout the Baltimore Metropolitan area
  • Representing clients in all types of zoning matters, including comprehensive zoning map cycles
  • Management of Planned Unit Development ("PUD") projects, including community input meetings, development hearings and appeals
  • County master plans, adequate public facilities ordinances, and water and sewerage plans
  • Historic properties, preservation, and conservation easements
 

Real Estate Transactional Issues

  • Drafting and negotiating contracts, leases and easements
  • Review and analysis of title documents
  • Drafting and negotiating Declarations and Restrictive Covenants
 

Green Building & Sustainability

  • LEED Accredited Professional
 

Liquor Licensing & Regulation

  • Assist clients through the process of obtaining and transferring liquor licenses, including the contract of sale, application process and related public hearings
 

Continuing Care Retirement Communities, Long Term Care, Assisted Living

  • Providing advice and guidance to continuing care facilities, including obtaining zoning and development approvals for expansions of existing facilities

ARTICLES

Howard County's Zoning Code and Development Regulations Rewrite Process Has Begun

For the first time since the 1970’s, Howard County is undertaking an assessment and rewrite of its zoning and development regulations, and associated development manuals.  No doubt Howard County’s Department of Planning and Zoning has set in place an organized process for this comprehensive undertaking, but it promises to be slow.  The process is comprised of two phases and will likely take three (3) years to complete.


Don't Put Off That Development Project

Years ago a Baltimore County employee told me that no matter how onerous I thought the development regulations might be, if I waited a while they would get worse. 

That cautionary statement is applicable to today’s marketplace.  The State of Maryland has become very involved in local land use decisions, and the Maryland Department of the Environment, along with numerous non-profit environmental groups, has become very aggressive in planning for and regulating both current pollution levels and future pollution levels.


Baltimore City Releases “TransForm 2.0”

Finally, the much awaited revised draft of the Baltimore City Zoning Code has been released under the name “TransForm 2.0”.  The effort to rewrite the Zoning Code was instigated by the Department of Planning in 2008.  The first version of the draft was released in June of 2010 and the first draft of the zoning maps was released in November of last year. 


More "Clean Energy" Grants Awarded Than Expected

In this economic climate, it may surprise some to hear that the State recently announced that additional monies were awarded as part of the 2011 "EmPOWER Clean Energy Communities" grant program. While previously the MEA stated that $1.4 million in EmPOWER Clean Energy Community Grant funds would be available for fiscal year 2011, Governor O'Malley announced on December 1st that a total of $2 million in grant money was awarded.


Will B-Corporations Promote the Green Movement?

By now you may have already heard about Maryland's new legislation, signed into law this past April, permitting the creation of Benefit Corporations, commonly referred to as "B Corporations". Maryland was the first state in the nation to enact such legislation. Vermont followed up shortly thereafter, signing similar legislation into law this past May.


Baltimore County Amends Its Tax Credit Program for High Performance Homes

Changing course from the drafted bill introduced on May 3, 2010, the Baltimore County Council adopted an amended version of Bill 43-10, entitled High Performance Homes, on June 7, 2010. After successful lobbying efforts by the local USGBC chapter and others, the bill's sponsor, Councilman Vincent J. Gardina, Councilman for Baltimore County's 5th councilmanic district, added into Bill 43-10 the language already existing in the Taxation Article of the Baltimore County Code involving the USGBC's LEED for Homes Rating System.


The Growth Goals of Baltimore County's Master Plan 2020 - Are PUDs the Answer?

Baltimore County is once again in the throes of amending its Master Plan, as an update is mandated every ten years by the county's charter. The county's current Master Plan 2010 was adopted in February of 2000. The Office of Planning's goal for the adoption of Master Plan 2020 is October 1, 2010, with a draft expected to be released this month, Planning Board review this summer, and Council review this fall.


Baltimore County Legislates Green

Recent and pending Baltimore County legislation signals the County's awareness of the growing sentiment and demand for sustainable development. Specifically, the County Council recently passed a bill amending the environmental benefit option within the county's Planned Unit Development ("PUD") process and introduced a bill proposing amendments to the property tax credits available for high performance homes.


NEWS

57 WTP Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2019, Four Named "Lawyer of the Year"

57 lawyers from Whiteford, Taylor & Preston have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2019 (copyright 2018 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken S.C.). The lawyers selected are based in the firm’s Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Washington offices. Client comments are posted on the U.S. News & Best Lawyers web site.

59 WTP Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2018, Two Named "Lawyer of the Year"

59 lawyers from Whiteford, Taylor & Preston have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2018 (copyright 2017 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken S.C.). The lawyers selected are based in the firm’s Maryland, Washington and Virginia offices. Client comments are posted on the U.S. News & Best Lawyers web site, at bestlawfirms.usnews.com.

In addition, two lawyers were selected as “Lawyer of the Year” for their particular areas of practice.


59 Whiteford, Taylor & Preston Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2017, Eight Named as "Lawyers of the Year"

Fifty-nine lawyers from Whiteford, Taylor & Preston have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017 (copyright 2016 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken S.C.). The lawyers selected are based in the firm’s Maryland, Washington and Virginia offices.

In addition, eight lawyers were selected as “Lawyers of the Year” for their particular areas of practice. 


Jennifer Busse Appointed Director of BCEDC

Jennifer Busse has been appointed to serve as a Director of the Baltimore County Economic Development Commission.  In its announcement, BCEDC Chairman Robert E. Latshaw, Jr., said that her background in assisting clients through all phases of the development process in the Baltimore Metropolitan region would be a welcome addition to the BCEDC Board in its deliberations and that the BCEDC looked forward to the contributions she would make to the business advocacy of Baltimore County.


63 Whiteford, Taylor & Preston Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America, Four Named as "Lawyers of the Year"

Sixty-three lawyers from Whiteford, Taylor & Preston have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015 (copyright 2014 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken S.C.). The lawyers selected are based in the firm’s Maryland, Washington and Virginia offices.

In addition, four lawyers were selected as “Lawyers of the Year” in the Baltimore region for their particular areas of practice.


61 Whiteford, Taylor & Preston Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America; Nine Named as "Lawyers of the Year"

Sixty-one lawyers from Whiteford, Taylor & Preston have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014 (copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken S.C.). The lawyers selected are based in the firm’s Maryland, Washington and Virginia offices, including the firm's new Roanoke office.

In addition, nine lawyers were selected as “Lawyers of the Year” in their jurisdictions and areas of practice.


Sixty-Four Whiteford Attorneys Named Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston is pleased to announce that 64 of its attorneys are listed among the 2013 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in three states.

The firm is particularly proud of the young lawyers who are recognized as “Rising Stars”; the four partners who are listed in the Top 100 in Maryland – Edward Buxbaum, Edwin Fee, William Ryan, and Dwight Stone; and the 16 who are named for the first time this year.


60 Whiteford, Taylor & Preston Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America Five Named as "Lawyers of the Year"

Sixty lawyers from Whiteford, Taylor & Preston have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013 (copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken S.C.).

This represents an increase of seven over last year.  The lawyers selected are based in the firm’s Maryland, Washington and Virginia offices.

In addition, five lawyers were selected as “Lawyers of the Year” in their jurisdictions and areas of practice.


Seven LEED APs in WTP's Green Practice

WTP's Green Construction & Sustainability Group is pleased to announce that seven of the lawyers in the group are LEED Accredited Professionals.


Seven Whiteford, Taylor & Preston Attorneys Named Partners

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP (WTP) is delighted to announce that J. Bradley Aaron, Jennifer R. Busse, Adam Cizek, Emily A. Daneker, Stephen B. Gerald, Kevin A. Kernan, and Kristen B. Perry have been elected as partners of the firm, effective January 1, 2009.


Jennifer R. Busse of Whiteford, Taylor & Preston Appointed to the Board of Directors for the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce

Whiteford, Taylor and Preston L.L.P. is pleased to announce that, Jennifer R. Busse, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce for 2005 -2008. Ms. Busse joins other Whiteford, Taylor & Preston attorneys active in regional chamber leadership including Joe Mezzanotte, board member, Howard County Chamber of Commerce and Andrea Leahy-Fucheck, board member, Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce.