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Land Use/Zoning and Real Estate

Land Use/Zoning and Real Estate

Expediting Land Use and Zoning Approvals in Maryland

With decades of experience working with regulatory authorities in Montgomery, Prince George’s, Charles, Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties, the attorneys in Rifkin Weiner Livingston LLC’s (RWL) Land Use/Zoning and Real Estate practice employ their experience to work with the public sector and local communities to secure creative, cost-effective solutions to complex land use, zoning and real estate matters. RWL’s philosophy of combining our members’ individual knowledge of the zoning law with our joint understanding of the entitlement processes, the roles of the technical review staffs, appointed board members, stakeholders, and elected officials within the various jurisdictions in which we practice has proven to be a very successful strategy for delivering effective representation to our clients.

The Land Use/Zoning and Real Estate practice has considerable experience with the myriad federal, state and local laws relating to planning, zoning and subdivision, environmental preservation and protection, permitting, zoning violations and enforcement. We regularly counsel individual property owners, residential, mixed-use, commercial and industrial developers and builders and non-profit institutions on issues ranging from land acquisition to entitlements, permitting and construction.

Our attorneys offer comprehensive services covering all aspects of the development process:

  • Site evaluation and assessment
  • Master Plan, comprehensive rezoning applications
  • Zoning, Special Exception and Variance applications
  • Subdivision and Site Plan applications
  • Text amendment and piece meal rezoning applications
  • Appeals and litigation

Team Approach Maintains Your Schedule and Budget

The RWL Land Use/Zoning and Real Estate practice’s team approach efficiently allows us to obtain the necessary entitlements from state and local authorities to allow your development project to proceed on schedule and on budget. Our attorneys have the resources and experience to assist you with:

  • Site selection and evaluation
  • Preparation of applications
  • Filing and processing of applications
  • Meeting with community associations, key stakeholders, and technical review staff
  • Presentation before county councils and planning boards, municipal authorities
  • Permitting and construction
  • Appellate review before county and state courts

The RWL Land Use/Zoning and Real Estate practice group is recognized for:

  • Experience: thorough knowledge of state of Maryland and county codes, laws and statutes and the entitlement processes for obtaining development approvals in each jurisdiction
  • Relationships: negotiation and cooperation with elected and appointed officials at every level of government, as well as with relevant community leaders and organizations
  • Efficiency: understanding that time is money, we prepare a strategic plan at the commencement of our engagement, create an action plan with aggressive but realistic deadlines and meet regularly to keep projects on schedule throughout the process

Although most work involves representation before administrative agencies such as boards of zoning appeals and planning commissions, our attorneys also regularly litigate land use/zoning and real estate cases in the Maryland circuit and appellate Courts.

Notable Representations by Our Attorneys

  • Bowie Crossing and Brandywine Crossing: Served as lead counsel for two large retail projects developed by Faison in the City of Bowie and in southern Prince George’s County
  • Beech Tree: Served as land use counsel for mixed-use golf community including 1,200 acres and the Lake Presidential Golf Course developed by Landmark Golf
  • Hyde Field: Served as lead counsel for a mixed-use community being developed by the Watt Companies and Palisades Development containing 1,550 homes and 80,000 square feet of retail development
  • Route 1 Corridor: Represented numerous clients involved in the redevelopment and revitalization of the Route 1 Corridor and the Prince George’s Plaza downtown area, including Monument Realty (“Jefferson at College Park”), Cafritz Enterprises (“Riverdale Park Station”), Keane Enterprises, Wawa, Inc., and the Marvin R. Blumberg Company (“Landy”)
  • Washington Post Printing Facility: Assisted the client and the JBG Company in the development of the state-of-the art printing facility transforming the former Clark Construction yard into a productive commercial/industrial use

Contact us at 301.951.0150 or mnagy@rwllaw.com to learn more about RWL’s Land Use/Zoning and Real Estate practice.

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