This week, certain Maryland real property owners –those who own real property in “Assessment Area 3” of each county in the State – will begin receiving reassessment notices for the 2021 reassessment cycle from the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation. For assessment purposes, each county is divided into three geographic areas, which the State comprehensively reassesses on an alternating three-year basis. The Reassessment Areas by county can be found here.
In Montgomery County, Assessment Area 3 includes significant commercial … Continue Reading
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
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
Over the past several weeks, the Montgomery County Council has been holding work sessions on the 2020-2024 Subdivision Staging Policy (SSP).
The next work session will occur on Thursday, November 5. At its work sessions to date, the Council has taken straw votes on various key policies for schools, transportation, and impact taxes. Through these straw votes, the Council largely has accepted – with some crucial refinements – the Montgomery County Planning Board’s recommended framework for the SSP set forth … Continue Reading
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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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
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
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
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
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