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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Reston Network Analysis Considers Important Transportation Improvements

by on February 11, 2016
Reston Network Analysis Considers Important Transportation Improvements

A key issue for ensuring quality, sustainable development in Reston is the important relationship between transportation and land use. The Fairfax County Department of Transportation has recently initiated a new planning effort, known as the “Reston Network Analysis,” to ascertain cost-effective ways to enhance Reston’s street network around the Wiehle/Reston East, Reston Town Center, and […]

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2015 Virginia General Assembly Legislative Summary

by on July 14, 2015
2015 Virginia General Assembly Legislative Summary

With lots of lawmaking, and little drama, the legislature concluded its 46-day session one day early for the first time in 15 years. Even more surprising, the budget was balanced and adopted on time, and was signed without further amendments or vetoes, for the first time since 1998. Everyone labeled the session a success — […]

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New Study Debunks Myth Concerning Cost of New Housing in Loudoun County

by on July 6, 2015

Leesburg, VA—Two recently published articles in The Washington Post and the Loudoun Times-Mirror call attention to a new study stating that, for each new residential unit, Loudoun County pays 42 cents less than calculated in an earlier study. Shareholder Andrew Painter is quoted in both articles, stating that the purpose of the study “is to […]

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2013 General Assembly Update and Its Possible Consequences

by on January 20, 2013

The Virginia General Assembly convened January 9, 2013 and is scheduled to adjourn on February 23, 2013. Much of the 45-day “short session” has already been devoted to the discussion of federal budget impacts, uranium mining, implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and Governor McDonnell’s 2013 transportation package. “Crossover,” the last day for each house […]

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Development authorities need a look in recession

by on September 13, 2010

No one knows how the commonwealth’s dire $4.5 billion budget shortfall dilemma will be resolved, but it is likely that the General Assembly will again shift a significant portion of the state’s budgetary woes to local governments, effectively forcing them to raise local taxes to pay for education, public safety and social services. This year’s […]

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