Taylor Legal been handling real estate and zoning cases since 2004. Andrea joined Taylor Legal as Of Counsel ten years ago and together Andrea and Katherine have, both separately and jointly, handled more than 100 real estate, land use and zoning matters. Many of the land use cases involved hearings before the Hearing Examiner, the Board of Appeals, the Planning Board, the Zoning Board, and DPZ.
A few of the more complex matters resulting in successful deals, approved plans, settlements or favorable legislation are as follows.
- Taylor Legal's first zoning case in private practice was opposition to a major commercial development off Route 100 on behalf of a group of residents. The case involved a petition to rezone the land under “piecemeal” rezoning. The rezoning was denied (that is, Katherine's clients won). Later, the property was rezoned to commercial in the County's Comprehensive rezoning “Comp Lite” process. Katherine, on behalf of two residents throughout the County (one of whom was involved in the piecemeal rezoning matter mentioned above), filed a lawsuit against the County claiming that the process was improper. Both of their clients entered into complex settlements (negotiated by Katherine) that involved promises by the developer and/or promises to limit development.
- Taylor Legal has represented many buyers and sellers of land and improved property.
- Katherine represented the developer of a large multifamily attached housing development in the rezoning of the land for use as desired. The rezoning was granted.
- Andrea represented several owners of land in comprehensive zoning applications and achieved the desired zoning.
- Taylor Legal represented the owners of a minor subdivision in negotiating access easements across the property.
- Katherine and Andrea represented a group of residents in a claim against Howard Community College involving the college's purchase and plan to develop the land known as Belmont in Elkridge into a satellite campus with many more buildings. A lawsuit was filed and settlement negotiations lasted for more than a year. Ultimately, there was a complex agreement negotiated involving the future use of and restrictions on use of Belmont. After the settlement, HCC sold the land to the County which is using the land for a park and for Howard County Conservancy programs and events. No new development has occurred on the property.
- Katherine and Andrea represented the Wilde Lake Village Board in connection with the legislation regarding the redevelopment of the Columbia Village Centers. The legislation resulted in the Village Boards and residents having significant input into the process for all village centers.
- Andrea represented a group of residents before the Hearing Examiner and the Board of Appeals in opposition to a conditional use for a gas station in the rural district. The conditional use was denied by both the Hearing Examiner and the Board of Appeals.
- Katherine currently represents landowners who own a parcel adjacent to County-owned land, through which they access their parcel. The landowners and the County entered into a temporary easement (drafted and negotiated by Katherine) and an MOU regarding access to her client's property and the payment by the developer of temporary relocation expenses during the construction of the new development.
- Katherine represented a nonprofit organization in connection with a MOU with a developer in which the developer sought to have the society take ownership of and manage an historical site on the proposed development site in accord with the County's new CEF zoning. That agreement required approval by the nonprofit board, the developer and the County Council.
- Katherine and Andrea represented a group of residents in connection with the proposed rezoning of the Doughoregan Manor Estate. That zoning was approved after the developer agreed to donate a portion of the land to the residents and to restrict access from the neighborhood in which the residents live.
- Successfully opposed land use change in the New Town (Columbia, Maryland) District for gas station and convenience store on behalf of multiple business owners.
- Represented owners' association in major effort to develop land historically zoned for rural use and secured an agreement with developers to ensure that access would not affect clients' development.
- Achieved a variance for an accessory detached building in a residential district.
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