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

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

Automatic Two-Year Extension for Preliminary Plan and APF Validity Periods Approved by Montgomery County Council

AvatarElizabeth Rogers, Attorney

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the resulting economic consequences and project delays, the Montgomery County Council has approved an Amendment to the Subdivision Regulations that will automatically extend the Preliminary Plan and Adequate Public Facilities validity periods by two years.

The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on development projects in Montgomery County, vary depending on the project’s proposed use, design, stage of development etc.  Some projects, especially those currently under construction, have kept moving forward with limited to … Continue Reading

Welcome to Zoned In

Chris RuhlenChris Ruhlen, Principal

On behalf of the attorneys in our Land Use Practice Group, let me be the first to welcome you to Zoned In, Lerch Early’s new Land Use & Zoning blog.

For years, we’ve been keeping developers, property owners, and investors informed on land use trends and topics through our e-newsletter, seminars, and personal outreach. However, our new blog will allow us to bring you additional, timely information from Montgomery County,  Prince George’s County, and other surrounding jurisdictions on a … Continue Reading