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CRAIG KEHOE, ET UX. v. LISA ARTHUR

This is not, as observers of this Court might wonder, a dispute between two of our colleagues (who are not related to any of the players), but a land use appeal. Craig and Karen Kehoe filed a Petition for Special Hearing (“Petition”) seeking a ruling to determine their right, as a zoning matter, to adjust the lot lines and reconfigure three parcels of property. The Petition was challenged by Lisa Arthur, a neighbor, and ultimately was granted by the Zoning Commissioner of Baltimore County (“Zoning Commissioner”). Ms. Arthur appealed and the Board of Appeals of Baltimore County (“Board”) affirmed the Zoning Commissioner’s decision, but the Board was reversed by the Circuit Court for Baltimore County on appeal. We hold that the Board had the authority to grant the Petition and reverse the decision of the circuit court, with an important caveat that will inform the subdivision proceedings to follow.

Read the unreported opinion.