Stacy Plotkin Silber

Land Use and Zoning Attorney

Principal

spsilber@lerchearly.com
7600 Wisconsin AvenueSuite 700Bethesda, MD 20814

Education

  • Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law (J.D., 1994)
    National Moot Court Team
  • Emory University (B.A. in Political Science, 1991)
    Omicron Delta Kappa
    Mortar Board

Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
Overview

Stacy Plotkin Silber is a land use attorney who helps developers, national retailers, senior housing providers, and property owners navigate zoning approvals in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland.

Stacy’s experience includes master planning, zoning, rezoning, sketch plans, site plans, subdivisions, historic preservation, affordable housing matters, transferrable development rights, legislative matters, conditional uses, and variances. One client refers to her as “Madame Ambassador” because of her firm but respectful way of advocating for her clients and building coalitions.

Stacy focuses on urban redevelopment near transit. She helps developers with residential, mixed-use, office, and retail projects. In addition, Stacy secures approvals for national retailers and shopping center developers seeking to build or expand on existing or redeveloped sites. She has helped retailers, restaurants, and hotels with retail pad site developments, particularly those with drive-thru elements. She also represents a number of quick service, fast casual, and upscale casual restaurants, as well as gas stations, pharmacies, and banks.

Stacy is deeply involved in master plan and sector plan development, currently representing clients in updates to the Bethesda Downtown and White Flint 2 Sector Plans, and recently as an active advisor in development of the Chevy Chase Lake and Montgomery Village Sector Plans.

Stacy is an adjunct professor at The George Washington University Law School, where she teaches a land use course. She is involved in many pro-bono and professional associations, including serving on the Board of Directors for NAIOP DC/MD (where she is Chair of the Advocacy and Leadership Committees).

Prior to joining Lerch Early, she was a partner at the international law firm of Holland & Knight.

Outside work, Stacy spends time with her family and friends, devouring books, spinning, and trying to catch fly balls at Pfitzner Stadium, home of the Potomac Nationals, a Carolina League minor league affiliate of the Washington Nationals.

Education

  • Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law (J.D., 1994)
    National Moot Court Team
  • Emory University (B.A. in Political Science, 1991)
    Omicron Delta Kappa
    Mortar Board

Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
Education & Admissions

Education

  • Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law (J.D., 1994)
    National Moot Court Team
  • Emory University (B.A. in Political Science, 1991)
    Omicron Delta Kappa
    Mortar Board

Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
Honors & Awards
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America, Land Use & Zoning Law (2018-present)
  • Received NAIOP's Award of Excellence for Member of the Year (2015)
  • Listed in Super Lawyers Business Edition (2012, 2013)
  • Listed in Maryland Super Lawyers (2011-present)
  • Listed in Washington, DC Super Lawyers (2011-present)
  • Washington Business Journal "Young Gun"
  • Named a "Rising Star" by Maryland Super Lawyers (2009)
  • Ranked AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings
Community Involvement
  • Josiah Henson Park (Campaign Committee, 2014-present)
  • National Center for Children and Families (Trustee, Board of Trustees 2012-present; former honorary committee member for Art & Soul Charity Auction)
  • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington (Youth in Real Estate Awards Luncheon Co-Chair, 2011-present)
  • The Field School (Development Committee, 2016-2017; Annual Fund Co-Chair, 2015-2017)
  • U.S. Holocaust Museum, Washington Lawyers Committee (former member)
  • Montgomery Housing Partnership (former Chair of Board of Directors; Advisory Committee 2011-present)
Professional Memberships
  • NAIOP Maryland/DC Chapter (Board of Directors, 2015-present; Advocacy Committee Chair, 2017; Leadership Committee Chair, 2014-present; Sustainable Development Committee, 2012-2014)
  • The George Washington University Law School (Adjunct Professor, Land Use Law, 2002-present)
  • North Bethesda Transportation Management District (Advisory Committee, 2011-present)
  • BB&T Advisory Board (Board Member)
  • Maryland Suburban CREW (former Board of Directors)
  • Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce (Infrastructure and Land Use Committee)
  • Leadership Montgomery Class of '11
  • Lambda Alpha Land Economics Society (Inducted 2012)
Insights

News

Representative Matters
  • Lowe Enterprises: Obtained rezoning of a 50 ft building to a 200 ft building and then obtained all necessary development approvals. The George, a 194-unit apartment building, was the first CR zoned approval in Wheaton. http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/print-edition/2015/05/01/best-rehab-the-george.html
  • Angelo, Gordon: Obtained rezoning of multifamily asset to increase flexibility in existing and future development.
  • Clark Enterprises: Rezoning large-scale residential development adjacent to MARC train station.
  • Carr Properties:  Secured approvals for 4500 East-West Highway, a 330,000 SF pre-certified LEED® Platinum building located two blocks from the Bethesda Metro station. https://www.clarkconstruction.com/our-work/projects/4500-east-west-highway
  • Federal Realty Investment Trust: Representing Federal Realty in Bethesda Sector Plan process and other redevelopment opportunities.
  • Sunrise Senior Housing: Secured site plan and conditional use approvals for two new Sunrise assisted living facilities.
  • Quiet Sweep: Secured approval to allow industrial/office use of the property.
  • CVS: Secured approvals for new stores, overcoming complex legal historic preservation and variance issues.
  • Starbucks: Secured approval for drive-thru in Burtonsville Town Square Shopping Center.
  • Chick-fil-A: Secured approval for new Chick-fil-A in downtown Olney.
  • Taco Bell: Represented MUY! Brands in securing approvals for Taco Bell restaurant.
  • The Crescent at Chevy Chase: Representing Landmark Realty in approvals for two four-story buildings up to 129K SF of multi-family residential use, after representing Landmark in the Chevy Chase Lake Sector Plan and securing rezoning for the property.
  • White Flint 2 Sector Plan: Representing Angelo, Gordon and Monument Realty in the White Flint 2 Sector Plan process.
  • Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan: Representing multiple property owners in the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan process.
  • Flower Theater and Shopping Center: Represented The Harvey Companies in obtaining rezoning of the Flower Theater and Shopping Center Successfully worked with Park & Planning and the County to prevent full historic designation of the Shopping Center. Upzoned the property to increase density and height allowances and allow for mixed use development near the proposed Purple Line.
  • National Labor College Campus: Represented the Amalgamated Transit Union through the White Oak Sector Plan approval process for the National Labor College campus. Worked with Park & Planning and the County Council in having the property rezoned to allow a mix of commercial and residential uses and approximately 2 million SF of development. http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/breaking_ground/2014/07/transit-nion-pays-31-4-million-for-former-national.html
  • The Adagio: Represented the Harvey Companies in securing approvals for the Adagio, one of the first luxury condominiums in Bethesda.
  • InTown Suites: Represent in hotel development.

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