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Court approves actions by Prince George’s council in Walmart zoning case (access required)

The Court of Appeals held Tuesday that a Prince George’s County zoning authority was permitted to delegate preparation of a draft order to its staff attorney and properly exercised original jurisdiction in an exception and variance case. The decision will ...

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Developer loses constitutional challenge to MoCo zoning change (access required)

Montgomery County did not violate a developer’s constitutional rights by adopting a water system amendment to a master zoning plan, changes that devalued the planned development, a federal appeals court ruled last week. In its reported 3-0 decision, the 4th ...

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Md. top court: Development accords need not provide ‘enhanced benefits’ (access required)

In a victory for developers over environmentalists, Maryland’s top court has unanimously held that county-approved property-development agreements need not contain provisions ensuring enhanced benefits for the community, such as new schools or better roads. Nothing in Maryland law or in ...

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Md. court: Homeowners’ group lacks standing to challenge zoning (access required)

Umbrella organizations of homeowners’ associations generally lack standing to challenge zoning decisions because they lack individual resident members who would be harmed by the rezoning, Maryland’s second-highest court said last week in rejecting a group’s bid to oppose redevelopment in ...

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4th Circuit rejects bid to turn Rockville zoning spat into constitutional claim (access required)

Saying a zoning dispute does not create a constitutional crisis, a federal appeals court ruled Friday the Rockville City Council did not violate a self-storage company’s due-process and equal-protection rights by enacting an ordinance barring the construction of a facility ...

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Md. high court: Counties need not consider cultural aversion to a land use (access required)

Cultural aversion provides no independent basis for a county planning board to reject a proposed use for land — unless stated otherwise in the local zoning regulations — Maryland’s top court has held in upholding the construction of a Clarksville ...

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