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Land Use/Zoning

rise to every development challenge

creating new places to live, work, and play

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Stuart R. Barr
Vincent G. Biase
Robert G. Brewer, Jr.
Patricia A. Harris
Robert R. Harris
Christopher L. Hatcher
William Kominers
Patrick L. O'Neil
Richard K.
Susan M. Reutershan
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Steven A. Robins
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Elizabeth C. Rogers
Marrisa A. Rose
Christopher M. Ruhlen
Stacy Plotkin Silber

National and regional developers, property owners, and investors choose Lerch Early, the region’s largest land use and zoning practice serving Maryland and DC, for counsel on planning and developing successful projects in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties and surrounding jurisdictions. We help clients obtain approvals by using strategic thinking and creating consensus among key stakeholders.

Leading legal directory Chambers USA notes Lerch Early has a “market-leading presence in zoning and land use work.” Clients describe our land use attorneys as “Beyond expectations! They have creativity and collaborative elements that provide for the best possible outcome.”  We work closely with government staff and officials as well as community leaders to achieve these results.

Our attorneys are advisors with an entrepreneurial spirit, focused on identifying the best path to completion and taking care of the milestones and minutiae along the way. We know how to keep projects moving in a timely manner through the complex labyrinth of the planning, entitlements, permitting, and construction process. Our clients include an array of developers, institutions, and national retailers like EYA, Federal Realty Investment Trust, The JBG Cos., Lerner Enterprises, Trammell Crow, MedImmune, United Therapeutics, Washington Adventist Hospital, Home Depot, Starbucks, and TD Bank, to name a few.

We represent our clients before local, state, regional and federal administrative agencies in a broad range of issues involving land development, procurement and purchasing matters, zoning and other related administrative land use reviews, eminent domain and condemnation, regulatory takings, environmental compliance, historic preservation, and building codes.  

For more than 40 years, attorneys from our land use group have volunteered at, provided pro bono work for, donated to and have held leadership positions in the county and local chambers of commerce, arts and culture organizations, and nonprofits. We live and work in this community, and are committed to contributing to its future.

  • Mixed-use development:  Includes US Route 1 Corridor & Prince George’s Plaza areas including Hanover Company with "Domain," Clark Enterprises, Monument Realty with "Jefferson at College Park," Donatelli Development, Trammell Crow, Blumberg Company, and Keane Enterprises, Apex Building, Bethesda Row, The Blairs, Black Hills, Cabin Branch, Chevy Chase Lake, Clarksburg Premium Outlets, Elizabeth Square, Falkland North, Fallsgove, The Fillmore, Glenmont MetroCentre, North Bethesda Market, Rock Spring Centre, White Flint Mall, and Wisconsin Place.
  • Corporate and institutional campuses: Includes Jesuits’ Maryland Province, GEICO, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Marriott, MedImmune/AstraZeneca, Montgomery Hospice, United Therapeutics, and Washington Adventist Hospital.
  • Retailers: Includes developers like Faison – Brandywine Crossing and Bowie Crossing; Cafritz Enterprises at “Riverdale Park Station,” Patient First, Chick-fil-A, Costco, Home Depot, McDonald’s, Safeway, Starbucks, Taco Bell, and TD Bank.
  • Residential: Includes Elm Street Development, BeechTree, Hyde Field, Summerfield at Morgan Station, The Adagio, Bainbridge Shady Grove, Bloom Montgomery Village, Chelsea Heights, The Crescent at Chevy Chase, Fenwick Station, The George, Hanson Farm, Upstairs at Bethesda Row, West Lane, and former WMAL site.
  • Senior housing, including nursing homes, assisted living, and independent living units: Includes Foundation Development Group, Brightview, National Lutheran Communities & Services, and Sunrise.
  • Office: Brookfield Office Properties, The JBG Cos., and the Polinger Co.
  • Private schools: Landon School, Strayer University, Butler School, Concord Hill School, and Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart.
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