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A New Maryland Ruling on Development Rights and Responsibility Agreements- Score Another Round for the Developer

The Maryland Court of Appeals recently heard and decided a case involving Development Rights and Responsibility Agreements. In my first blog post on this topic, “Development Rights and Responsibility Agreements: The Give and...more

Micro Units: The Latest Trend in High Density Housing

In my previous article “The Tiny House Craze: Zoning Laws Could Be a Tiny Impediment” I discussed the popular new “tiny house” trend in residential housing options. Along with the “tiny house” craze, another new and growing...more

New Maryland Laws Governing Condominiums and HOAs

Beginning on October 1, 2017, several new laws will go into effect in Maryland governing condominiums and homeowners associations (“HOA”). With so much of new residential real estate being developed as part of an HOA or a...more

Land Use Lessons from the Eye of the Hurricane

As I write this article, powerful Hurricane Irma is bearing down on Florida, and Hurricane Jose is close behind it, farther out in the Atlantic Ocean. Hurricane Irma has already devastated parts of the Caribbean Islands, and...more

A New “Recipe" Guide for Wineries, Breweries and Distilleries in Frederick County, Maryland

Craft wineries, breweries and distilleries are a rapidly growing industry and agri-business in the State of Maryland and beyond. Leading the way, Frederick County, Maryland, now boasts more than 30 wineries, breweries and...more

Solar Farms: Shining a Light on Zoning Requirements

With anticipation and wonder many of us stood still for several moments on August 21, 2017 hoping to catch at least a glimpse of the much anticipated total eclipse of the sun. Whether you were fortunate to be in the area of...more

The Tiny House Craze: Zoning Laws Could Be a Tiny Impediment

The “tiny house” movement is all the rage right now. The cause of the craze may be many faceted. Whether the popularity and demand is being driven by a shift in peoples’ preference to downsize to a more simplified lifestyle...more

Two Recent Maryland Rulings on Development Rights and Responsibility Agreements

In my previous blog post, “Development Rights and Responsibility Agreements: The Give and Take of Development,” I discussed the purpose and requirements for a Development Rights and Responsibility Agreement (“DRRA”) between a...more

Development Rights and Responsibility Agreements: The Give and Take of Development

Under Maryland law, the rights of a land developer to develop property for commercial or residential uses generally do not “vest” until there is some visible, lawful, construction on the property. Of course, development of a...more

Recent Legislative Changes to the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation: Tightening the Belt on Terminating...

In my previous blog, “Preserving Agricultural Land in Maryland – Reaping Rewards for Farmers,” I discussed the various programs available in the State of Maryland to provide financial incentives to encourage farmers to...more

Preserving Agricultural Land in Maryland – Reaping Rewards for Farmers

While growth and development is inevitable in the name of progress, the State of Maryland and its more rural counties have made efforts to find some balance by providing incentives to farmers for preserving agricultural land...more

Life and Death Planning: The Essential Legal Tools Every Person Should Have

We all know we are not immortal. Death is a certainty for all of us. But the topic of death and our own mortality can be one of discomfort, or even denial. We’ve all made or heard the usual excuses for avoiding or delaying...more

Annexing Property in Maryland: So You Want to Be Part of Life in the Big City?

Life in the big city has its advantages. Desirable public services, such as police protection, trash collection, public water and sewer service, and other services and amenities are available that you may not have if you live...more

Ringing in the New Year: The Tax Man Cometh. Appealing Your New Maryland Real Estate Tax Assessment

With the ringing in of the New Year it also means it’s that time of year again for Maryland property owners—tax assessment time. So perhaps you are one of the lucky one-third (1/3) of property owners in the State of...more

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