Stuart Barr is a land use and zoning attorney focused on real estate development approvals through building relationships, strategic planning, and working with expanding businesses.
A long-time Montgomery County resident, Stuart has a passion for large and small projects that make a difference in and around the community. He thrives on working with municipalities to execute great projects to the highest standards understanding that these developments will become part of the community’s fabric.
Stuart concentrates on land use, planning, zoning and rezoning (local map amendments), real estate development and redevelopment, and master plans and sector plans in the City of Gaithersburg, the City of Rockville, and all jurisdictions of Montgomery County. He is highly adept at all stages of development and the entitlement process including due diligence, sketch plan, subdivision (preliminary plan), resubdivision, minor subdivision, site plan and site plan amendment, project plan, record plats, variances, administrative appeal, nonconforming uses, and zoning text amendments.
Stuart also works on a variety of real estate easements, development agreements, impact taxes, Transferable Development Rights (TDRs), Building Lot Termination (BLT), building permit, use and occupancy (U&O) permit, and other permits, water and sewer category changes, administrative law, annexation, and historic preservation (Historic Area Work Permits).
Stuart assists the firm’s retail and development clients with new locations and represents the firm’s institutional clients on expansions with a particular focus on special exception (conditional use) approvals for life care facilities, nursing homes, gas stations, country clubs and golf courses, community swimming pools, and private schools.
In addition, he represents property owners under threat of condemnation (eminent domain) in order to achieve just compensation for their property. Stuart’s clients appreciate his commitment to finding creative solutions to difficult problems, as demonstrated in both his level of detail and his consideration of many options for each challenge.
A resident of Gaithersburg, Stuart enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, staying active with the community, playing basketball, and traveling to various destinations, particularly National Parks.