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.
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
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
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) is moving forward with its update of the 2006 Approved Master Plan for Bowie and Vicinity. The long-awaited update of the Master Plan kicked off earlier this year with the Prince George’s County Planning Board Initiation in January, followed by the District Council’s approval of prospective goals, concepts, and guidelines for the Master Plan in February.
The update process is currently in its primary Public Participation Phase. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, … 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
On July 30, the Montgomery County Planning Board (Board) voted to transmit its recommendations for the 2020-2024 Subdivision Staging Policy (SSP) to the County Council. A copy of the Planning Board Draft can be found here. The Board recommends renaming the SSP the County Growth Policy, but its other recommendations will meaningfully impact development in the County. In worksessions, the Board has made significant changes to what was proposed in the hearing draft of the County Growth Policy (Hearing … Continue Reading
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
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