Chris Ruhlen is a land use attorney who focuses on land use, zoning, real estate, and related governmental issues. He assists national and local real estate developers, property owners, commercial tenants and small businesses with a full range of planning, zoning and regulatory matters in Montgomery County and other Maryland jurisdictions.
Chris leverages strong communication skills to facilitate creative solutions for his clients. He’s cultivated effective relationships with officials at all levels of government allowing him to work with all parties to reach the best possible result.
Chris’s experience includes handling complex matters before the Montgomery County Planning Board, the Montgomery County Board of Appeals, the Montgomery County Office of Zoning & Administrative Hearings, the Montgomery County Sign Review Board, and the Montgomery County Council, as well as similar entities in other jurisdictions including the City of Rockville and City of Gaithersburg. He provides clients with the information they need to navigate the processes for subdivision and site plan approvals, special exceptions, variances, local map amendments, zoning text amendments, signage approvals, and building permits, and takes care of the myriad details involved in obtaining entitlements and other approvals from local administrative boards and commissions.
Chris, a busy father of three young daughters, is an ardent music fan who can often be found jamming out on his guitar at venues around metro DC.