Thrive Montgomery 2050

Stacy SilberStacy Silber, Principal

The Planning Board held its first worksession, on December 17th, on the “Thrive Montgomery 2050” Plan (i.e. the update to the County’s General Plan). An overview of the Plan can be found here, in our prior blog post.  The Board supported Staff’s recommendations to significantly reorganize the Plan to emphasize (1) Economic Performance and Competitiveness, (2) Racial and Social Equity and Inclusion, and (3) Environmental Resilience and Sustainability.   The Plan will also be updated to … Continue Reading

Rockville 2040: Comprehensive Plan Update

Pat HarrisPat Harris

More than two years ago, the City of Rockville commenced its “Rockville 2040: Comprehensive Plan.”  The first step involved the Planning Commission’s review of Volume 1 of the draft Comprehensive Plan, which was a “30,000 foot view” of planning issues and elements effecting the City.  The substantive recommendations guiding future development within the City are set forth in Volume II of the Plan.  Volume II addresses the key planning issues for each of the City’s 17 Planning Areas and identifies … Continue Reading

Montgomery County Council Adopts 2020-2024 Subdivision Staging Policy

AvatarElizabeth Rogers, Attorney

On November 16, 2020, the Montgomery County adopted the new, four-year Subdivision Staging Policy, to be renamed the Growth and Infrastructure Policy, controlling growth and development for the next four years. Lerch, Early & Brewer was pleased to have had a significant role in working with Park and Planning Staff, the Planning Board, County Council Staff and the County Council itself on a policy that will better accommodate new development.

Most significantly, the new SSP eliminates the school moratorium policy, county-wide. … Continue Reading

Prince George’s Countywide Map Amendment Process Restarts

Vincent BiaseVincent Biase, Attorney

After a six-month delay due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Prince George’s Countywide Sectional Map Amendment (CMA) is finally back on the County Council’s agenda. The County will kickoff the CMA process next month with a Joint Public Hearing on Thursday, November 19 at 5 PM. Those wishing to participate in or view the Joint Public Hearing can do so at the links provided below:

The Joint Public Hearing on the CMA has been … Continue Reading

Proposed Regulatory Extensions – Prince George’s County Council Responds to COVID-19 Impacts on Real Estate and Development Industries

Vincent BiaseVincent Biase, Attorney

On September 22, Council Bills 73-2020 and 74-2020 were introduced to the Prince George’s County Council. In light of the impact of COVID-19 on the real estate and development industries, CB-73-2020 and CB-74-2020 propose to extend the validity periods for approved Preliminary Plans of Subdivision, Detailed Site Plans, and Specific Design Plans. This legislation would effectively accommodate projects in the development pipeline that have been disrupted by Pandemic-related shutdowns and fluctuations in the marketplace by extending applicable approval periods.

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Robert A. Gordon Joins Lerch Early Leading New Bankruptcy/Financial Restructuring Practice

Chris RuhlenChris Ruhlen, Principal

Robert A. Gordon has joined Lerch Early as a principal after 14 years as a judge on the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland. The move bolsters the ability of Lerch Early’s Land Use group to advocate for its clients in a critical area that will become even more important in the wake of the pandemic.

Before coming to the bench, Robert represented clients in every aspect of commercial litigation and insolvency law, in both federal and state

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Proposed Expansion of Solar Facilities in Agricultural Reserve

AvatarElizabeth Rogers, Attorney

On January 21, 2020, a Zoning Text Amendment (No. 20-01) was introduced by the Montgomery County Council to amend the use standards for Solar Collection Systems.  The ZTA is primarily intended to allow larger solar facilities in the Agricultural Reserve (AR) Zone. 

Currently, a freestanding Solar Collection System is only permitted as an accessory use in the AR Zone.  The proposed ZTA seeks to expand this use allowance, by permitting larger Solar Collection Systems, subject to Site Plan approval by … Continue Reading

Just Announced: Lerch Early’s Regional Housing Update (online event)

AvatarElizabeth Rogers, Attorney

Last year’s Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments report was clear: The DC Metro Area is facing a housing shortage, needing 320,000 more housing units by 2030 to keep up with growth.

This, of course, was pre-COVID. Now that we’ve settled in, at least a little bit, to our new normal, it’s time to take a look ahead at the single family, multifamily, and senior housing segments in the Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, and DC markets: What impact, if any, … Continue Reading

Prince George’s County & District Council Update: Transition to Virtual Hearings

Vincent BiaseVincent Biase, Attorney

On July 21, the Prince George’s County Council voted unanimously to authorize the District Council’s transition to virtual hearings. The Prince George’s County Council has been operating remotely for several months now.  But up until just recently, the District Council, which plays a significant role in land use entitlements in Prince George’s County, has been at a standstill, unable to operate virtually. This has had the undesirable consequence of putting a halt to many development projects in the County.  But … Continue Reading

Silver Spring Downtown and Adjacent Communities Sector Plan Update: Opportunities for Land Redevelopment

Stacy SilberStacy Silber, Principal

The time is ripe to engage with Park & Planning regarding the Silver Spring Sector Plan process.  The Planning Board approved the Staff’s suggested scope in March 2020, and is beginning community outreach this month.   One of the most notable aspects of the Plan is the Board’s unanimous recommendation, from its June 4, 2020 Board meeting, to expand the plan boundary to include properties within a half-mile and/or 10-minute pedestrian walkshed from the Silver Spring Library Purple Line Station … Continue Reading