Stacy Silber to Moderate NAIOP Webinar on MoCo Planning’s 30-year Vision

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Land use attorney Stacy Silber will moderate NAIOP DC|MD’s “A Seat at the Table” webinar talking about the Planning Commission’s Vision for the next 30 years, and its recommended Thrive Montgomery 2050 Outcomes of promoting Economic Health, Equitable Communities and Environmental Resilience.

The webinar takes place from 8:30 AM-9:30 AM on Wednesday, May 5. Stacy will be joined by Montgomery County Planning Director Gwen Wright and Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson. You can register here: https://www.naiopdcmd.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1509818.

Stacy Silber is a … Continue Reading

Attorney Marrisa Rose Joins Lerch Early’s Land Use Practice

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Lerch Early is pleased to welcome attorney Marrisa Rose as an associate in the Land Use/Zoning practice.

“Lerch Early’s Land Use Practice Group is excited to welcome Marrisa,” said Christopher Ruhlen, chair of the Land Use practice. “We’re looking forward to her becoming an important part of the team serving our clients and the firm.”

Marrisa earned her law degree from The George Washington University School of Law, and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Public Policy from the … Continue Reading

Montgomery County Council to Expand in 2022

Councilmanic Districts to be Revised to Add New Members

Chris RuhlenChris Ruhlen, Principal

In the 2020 General Election, Montgomery County voters approved a fundamental change to the structure of the Montgomery County Council, the legislative branch of the County’s government.  By approving “Question C,” voters have initiated a process whereby the County will create two new councilmanic districts, adding two new members to the Council’s legislative body.  Significantly, this will represent the first change to the Council’s composition in more than 30 years, affecting the disposition of certain land use matters that come … Continue Reading

Montgomery County Council Adopts 2020-2024 Subdivision Staging Policy

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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

More Key Decisions Coming Up for Montgomery County Council on Subdivision Staging Policy

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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

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

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