Andrew Painter

Andrew joined WCL&W in 2007 and works in the firm’s Land Use and Zoning practice group. He primarily focuses on securing zoning entitlements, variances, zoning appeals, and tax assessment challenges. Andrew also specializes in local government law and community development authorities. A native of Northern Virginia, Andrew has spent much time traveling and writing about the region’s land development history and received an award from the Virginia Chapter of the American Planning Association for his review of enduring rural landscapes in Fairfax County.

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2018 Virginia General Assembly Legislative Summary

by on October 11, 2018
2018 Virginia General Assembly Legislative Summary

The Virginia General Assembly concluded its 60-day 2018 session on March 10, 2018, after considering 3,722 bills and resolutions related to a number of high-profile issues. In many ways, this year’s session was less eventful than most, which was somewhat surprising considering that the November 2017 House of Delegates elections were perhaps the most exciting […]

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Loudoun Approves Mixed-Use Affordable Housing Community

by on May 30, 2018
Loudoun Approves Mixed-Use Affordable Housing Community

Addressing regional issues of housing affordability in Loudoun has proven challenging in recent years. On March 6, 2018, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors took a major step toward diversifying the county’s housing choices by approving a rezoning and special exception to create a vibrant mixed-use, mixed-income community in the Ashburn area. Known as “Regency […]

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Fairfax County Approves New Reston High-rise

by on April 30, 2018
Fairfax County Approves New Reston High-rise

  Over the past two decades, Reston Parkway has evolved into an attractive urban boulevard consisting of a series of landscaped areas punctuated by attractive high-rises. On March 20, 2018, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved a new 20-story, 240-foot high-rise condominium at 1801 Old Reston Avenue, directly across from Reston Town Center. Proposed […]

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Leesburg Approves Brickyard Infill Project

by on March 19, 2018
Leesburg Approves Brickyard Infill Project

Development continues apace in all corners of Northern Virginia, including in the Town of Leesburg, where the Town Council approved an exciting infill residential project known as “Brickyard” on January 9, 2018. Located on approximately eight acres behind the Leesburg Plaza Shopping Center, with frontage along Catoctin Circle, Brickyard will feature 59 rear-load townhomes in […]

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Falls Church Approves Unique Cottage Housing Project

by on October 23, 2017
Falls Church Approves Unique Cottage Housing Project

Providing housing for area seniors and empty nesters has been a top priority for Northern Virginia’s jurisdictions in recent years. On September 11, 2017, the Falls Church City Council took a step forward in addressing increased demand for senior housing options by approving a unique age-restricted cottage housing project along Railroad Avenue adjacent to the […]

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Fairfax Approves Fine Arts Academy in Culturally Sensitive Location

by on July 18, 2017
Fairfax Approves Fine Arts Academy in Culturally Sensitive Location

On June 6, 2017, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve a rezoning and special exception request submitted by Scimores Academy, LLC, to allow construction of the Floris Conservatory for the Fine Arts at the intersection of Centreville Road and West Ox Road south of the Town of Herndon. The approval comes […]

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2017 General Assembly Legislative Bill List

by on June 20, 2017
2017 General Assembly Legislative Bill List

Following last month’s narrative summary of the 2017 General Assembly (found here), an updated list of housing and development, transportation, environmental, and economic development bills that were passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by the Governor is attached here. All legislation will become effective July 1, 2017, unless otherwise noted. The summaries […]

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2017 Virginia General Assembly Legislative Summary

by on April 19, 2017
2017 Virginia General Assembly Legislative Summary

The Virginia General Assembly concluded its 46-day 2017 session on February 25, 2017, passing more than 1,800 bills and making adjustments to the $107 billion biennium budget to address a $1.2 billion revenue shortfall. Of particular priority, the legislature agreed to retain a three percent salary increase for state employees and a two percent raise […]

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Loudoun Initiates Comprehensive Plan Review

by on November 15, 2016
Loudoun Initiates Comprehensive Plan Review

A jurisdiction’s comprehensive plan is designed to provide public policy recommendations on issues related to growth, transportation, preservation, the environment, utilities, recreation, and more. While most comprehensive plans are drafted to be general in nature, their recommendations often form the basis to approve or deny legislative land use applications such as rezonings, special exceptions, and […]

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2016 Virginia General Assembly Legislative Summary

by on June 13, 2016
2016 Virginia General Assembly Legislative Summary

The Virginia General Assembly concluded its 60-day 2016 session one day early, passing more than 800 bills and approving a balanced $105 billion biennial budget. The budget includes $190 million for the Virginia Retirement System, a partial restoration of funding for the cost of competing adjustment for K–12 education, and a $50 million boost to […]

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