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Eminent Domain Constitutional Amendment

by on November 8, 2012

During its past session, the General Assembly passed Senate Bill No. 240, which authorized a ballot question on November 6th on whether Virginia should amend its Constitution to further restrict the exercise of eminent domain. The full text of the bill, including the constitutional amendment and ballot question can be found at http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?121+ful+SB240. The voters […]

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Town of Leesburg Historic District

by on November 8, 2012

On September 6, 2012 the Town of Leesburg Board of Architectural Review granted the Certificates of Appropriateness required to implement the redevelopment of land owned by the Arundel family, and on which the Loudoun Times-Mirror (LTM) bases its operation in the heart of the downtown Leesburg historic district. This project is significant for the Town […]

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The Estate Tax and Gifting Game of 2012

by on October 9, 2012

Nearly every time I go into an estate planning meeting the first question my client asks is, “What’s going to happen with the estate tax next year.” Unfortunately, I cannot provide my clients with an answer I would be willing to bet on. For those of you who do not understand what prompts the initial […]

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Loudoun Metro Tax Districts Public Hearing

by on October 9, 2012

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors voted to hold a public hearing on October 17, 2012 to discuss the three tax districts that will provide the funding to construct and maintain Metrorail in Loudoun County. The three tax districts consist of the Metrorail Service District; the Airport Station Service District; and the Route 772 Station […]

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Condominium and Homeowner Association Development Update

by on October 9, 2012

The Virginia General Assembly has enacted new laws which require all associations (Homeowner Associations and Condominium Associations) to adopt complaint resolution procedures, and cost recovery policies. These laws are currently in effect, and though the main impact is on existing communities, developers need to make certain that their management companies have the necessary policies and […]

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Adding High End Townhomes to Lake Manassas Community

by on October 9, 2012

A new town home development at Lake Manassas was recently approved by the Prince William Board of County Supervisors. A 12-acre parcel of land, previously slated for a hotel/conference center or office use, was successfully rezoned for 70 townhomes with Mike Lubeley and Susan Flanigan working with the representatives of Lake Manassas, LLC. The community […]

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Loudoun County Prioritizes Zoning Ordinance Amendments

by on September 5, 2012

At its July 17, 2012 meeting, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors adopted an intent to amend the Revised 1993 Loudoun County Zoning Ordinance as part of ZOAM 2012-0002, Commercial and Industrial Zoning Ordinance Amendments. The ZOAM focuses on commercial and industrial zoning ordinance amendments that have been identified by a Stakeholders Group and County […]

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Virginia Supreme Court Provides Guidance on By-Right Developments

by on September 5, 2012

In Town of Occoquan v. Elm Street Development, Inc., the Virginia Supreme Court affirmed the ruling of the Prince William County Circuit Court that a locality may not require a special use permit for steep slopes for development that is characterized as “by-right” in the locality’s zoning ordinance. Occoquan’s zoning ordinance required a special use […]

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Fairfax County’s Green Building Policy: Committee’s Discussion Turns To Implementation

by on September 5, 2012

Fairfax County’s Planning Commission Environment Committee has been discussing proposed updates to the County’s Green Building Policy since November 2009. Walsh Colucci attended and has actively participated in the discussion at these meetings since the Committee’s inception. On July 7, 2012, the Environment Committee completed their detailed review of the “Green Building Policy Review: Comment […]

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Lamb Center v. City of Fairfax

by on September 5, 2012

Firm attorney John Foote was recently successful for the second time in a single Supreme Court Term. In The Lamb Center v. City of Fairfax, a case Mr. Foote argued, the Virginia Supreme Court reversed the trial court and concluded that the Fairfax City Code could not be read to preclude “accessory or complementary” uses […]

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