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Land Use and Zoning Attorneys Serving Maryland and Washington DC

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


Practice Chair

The Upton Apartments/Cambria Suites
Upper Rock District
Burtonsville Town Square Shopping Center
DANAC Stiles Corporate Campus and Camden Shady Grove
755 Wisconsin Avenue
Marriott International Headquarters
Brightview West End
Westbard Self Storage

Case Studies


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, Charles County, Washington County, City of Hagerstown

Virginia: Arlington County, Fairfax County

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
  • Greater Bethesda 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 (“National Association of Industrial and Office Properties”), 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 and Real Estate Section 
  • Suburban Maryland Transportation Alliance

Combined Approval Process Authorized By Montgomery County Planning Board

March 25, 2021

In accord with the recommendations of a public-private initiative and the County Executive’s expressed hope to find ways to promote economic development, on March 25, 2021, the Montgomery County Planning Board took a significant step to streamline the development approval process by consolidating the filing and processing of Sketch, Preliminary and Site Plans under certain circumstances.

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Land Use and Zoning Attorney, Todd Brown, Secures Approval for 15-story Hotel in Downtown Columbia

October 18, 2019

October 18, 2019 (POTOMAC, Md.) — Working with Master Developer, Howard Hughes Corporation, Shulman Rogers’ Land Use and Zoning attorney, Todd Brown, helped secure the site development plan approval for a new 15-story hotel to be constructed in the Merriweather District of Downtown Columbia.  The Howard County Planning Board approved the site development plan at…

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Todd D. Brown joins Shulman Rogers

May 16, 2016

POTOMAC, Md., May 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Prominent land use attorney Todd Brown joins Shulman Rogers’ Shareholders.  Mr. Brown is well known among national and regional developers and builders and institutions for securing zoning and land use entitlements for suburban and urban development and redevelopment projects, especially in Howard County and Montgomery County, Maryland. Mr. Brown joins Shulman…

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