Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility

Tag Archives: zoning

Frederick County zoning plan upheld by Md. appeals court

Frederick County’s 2012 comprehensive zoning map and comprehensive zoning plan have been upheld by the Court of Special Appeals. The intermediate appeals court affirmed a circuit court ruling that had dismissed the complaint filed by the Friends of Frederick County ...

Read More »

Chipotle defeats Moe’s in restaurant dispute

Ruling in a Mexican-food standoff, a Maryland appeals court has ruled that Moe’s Southwest Grill had no legal standing to challenge an Annapolis zoning board’s decision to place a Chipotle’s Mexican Grill restaurant just about 500 feet from Moe’s waterfront location.

Read More »

Synagogue challenges ‘rain tax’ on religious grounds

A Baltimore synagogue is appealing the city appeals board decision that it must pay a stormwater management fee. And while Shaarei Tfiloh Congregation echoes arguments by critics that the fee is in fact a property tax by another name, it is also making a constitutional argument -- that the fee violates the synagogue's religious rights.

Read More »

Property owners lack standing in zoning-law cases, court says

In a defeat for those concerned about increased neighborhood traffic, Maryland’s top court has ruled property owners cannot challenge a comprehensive local rezoning ordinance in court unless they are taxpayers who have suffered a financial loss or increased taxes due to the new law.

Read More »

WHISTLER BURCH, ET AL. v. BALTIMORE COUNTY, MARYLAND, ET AL.

Appellants filed suit against Baltimore County, the Board of Education of Baltimore County, and DNR, appellees, arguing that conversion of the Property violated numerous statutory and administrative provisions regulating when Program Open Space land may be converted.

Read More »

BACK RIVER, LLC, ET AL. v. BALTIMORE COUNTY, MARYLAND, ET AL.

Years after being denied a variance for noncompliance with setback requirements, Sprint filed a petition for special hearing, asserting a new legal theory under which the existing tower was actually in compliance with the setback regulations. An ALJ ruled otherwise and also held that the new petition was barred under the doctrine of res judicata.

Read More »