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Land Use and Zoning

Shulman Rogers' Land Use and Zoning team is your business partner for simplifying state and local zoning and land use regulations and successfully advocating your project with state and local governments and local communities.  Our goal is to have your project entitled, permitted, financed and constructed, timely and cost effectively. 

Our unique team of professionals delivers sound counsel and creative solutions to achieve your time-sensitive goals by drawing upon decades of experience involving our numerous zoning and land use cases, state and local lobbying, and active community and industry involvement. 

We welcome the opportunity to discuss how we could devote our expertise and experience toward reaching your objectives.

Our land use and zoning team regularly represents land owners, developers, lenders, and other clients involving a range of issues including the following:

  • Adequate public facilities
  • Administrative appeals
  • Administrative hearings
  • Affordable housing, workforce housing, moderately priced dwelling units ("MPDUs")
  • Annexations
  • Appellate court appeals
  • Biotech and high tech development
  • Condemnation
  • Country club development
  • Development districts
  • Due diligence
  • Economic development incentives
  • Entitlements, entitlement preservation, and expansions
  • Forest conservation regulations and agreements
  • Green building mandates, LEED, Green Globes and EnergyStar
  • Historic preservation
  • Hotel development
  • Impact taxes and development fees
  • Industrial development
  • Infill development and redevelopment
  • Land Use and Zoning opinions
  • Land use covenants
  • Liquor Licensing
  • Lobbying  - state, county, municipal levels
  • Master plans
  • Mixed use development
  • Neighborhood outreach and community relations
  • Office development
  • Parking lot districts
  • Permitting and bonding
  • Planned unit development
  • Private institution development
  • Private school development
  • Public utility easements
  • Public/private partnerships and development agreements
  • Reciprocal easements
  • Religious institutions
  • Residential development
  • Retail development
  • Rights of Way
  • Senior housing development, independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing
  • Smart growth and sustainable development
  • Special exceptions
  • Special taxing districts
  • Storm water management regulations and agreements
  • Subdivision
  • Telecommunication facilities
  • Traffic mitigation
  • Transit oriented development
  • Transportation management
  • Variances
  • Zoning and rezoning

Professional Distinctions

Our land use attorneys use their cross-disciplinary expertise and experience with their legal knowledge.  They have been former land planners, engineers, accountants, professors, and in‑house counsel to government agencies. 

We maintain an active legal and industry presence and serve in a range of capacities on behalf of the public and private sector, including:

  • Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors
  • Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors
  • City of Rockville Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors
  • Leadership Montgomery County, Board of Directors
  • Maryland National Capital Building Industry Association (M NCBIA), Board of Directors
  • NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Association, Maryland/D.C. Chapter
  • ULI ("Urban Land Institute"): Urban Development Mixed Use Development
  • American Planning Association, Planning and Law Division National Program
  • George Washington University Law School, Adjunct Professor in Planning, Zoning and Land Use Law
  • Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board
  • North Bethesda Transportation Management District
  • White Flint Master Plan Advisory Committee
  • M-NCPPC Transportation Policy Task Force
  • Citizens Advisory Committee to Montgomery County Permitting Services
  • City of Rockville Zoning Ordinance Revision Advisory Committee (RORZOR)
  • Maryland State Highway Administration Land Use Expert Panel for the Inter-County Connector (ICC)
  • Maryland State Bar Association Land Use Section

Jurisdictions

Maryland, Montgomery County, City of Rockville, City of Gaithersburg, Prince George’s County, City of Bowie, Frederick County, Frederick City, Anne Arundel County, City of Annapolis, Howard County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Washington County, City of Hagerstown, Virginia, Arlington County, Fairfax County

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