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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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2017 Eminent Domain Legislative and Case Law Update

by on April 19, 2017
2017 Eminent Domain Legislative and Case Law Update

In its 2017 session, the Virginia General Assembly made some modest improvements to the existing eminent domain statutes. The improvements include requiring additional notice of the filing of a certificate of take, shortening the time for filing a petition in condemnation by localities, clarifying that attorney’s and expert fees are clearly recoverable in inverse condemnation […]

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Blue Ridge Shadows

by on April 19, 2017
Blue Ridge Shadows

On January 17, John Foote and Marian Harders, with the able direction of D.R. Horton Project Manager Ines Vega, successfully shepherded a unique rezoning and subdivision variance application through the Board of Supervisors in Warren County. The case presented a complex range of land use and engineering issues that, after much time and effort, achieved […]

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Understanding the Pitfalls of the Memorandums of Understanding

by on April 19, 2017
Understanding the Pitfalls of the Memorandums of Understanding

It is common practice for individuals and businesses involved in any form of transaction to memorialize the status of their negotiations to ensure there is no misunderstanding between them as to their expectations moving forward. These documents are often referred to as “Letters of Intent” or “Memorandums of Understanding” and are sometimes considered by the […]

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Good Deeds – Everybody Wins! DC

by on April 19, 2017
Good Deeds – Everybody Wins! DC

Since early 2016, volunteers from Walsh Colucci’s Arlington Office have been participating in the Everybody Wins! DC Power Lunch Program at Key Elementary School. Currently, 14 Arlington employees make the short trip over to Key Elementary School on a weekly or bi-weekly basis to read with a reading buddy. During the month of April, Walsh […]

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Employee Spotlight

by on April 19, 2017
Employee Spotlight

A native of Fairfax County, Michael currently resides in the greater Herndon area. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in finance and thereafter matriculated to Seton Hall University’s School of Law. After law school, Michael obtained a position as a law clerk to Judge LeRoy Millette of the Circuit Court of Prince William County. […]

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North Hill Approved to Become a Mixed-Income Residential Community on Richmond Highway

by on March 23, 2017
North Hill Approved to Become a Mixed-Income Residential Community on Richmond Highway

On February 14, 2017, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve a rezoning and proffered condition amendment that will transform 34.88 acres of vacant land, commonly known as North Hill, into a vibrant, mixed-income residential community located in the heart of the Richmond Highway Corridor. The approval represents the culmination of a […]

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Embark Richmond Highway

by on March 23, 2017
Embark Richmond Highway

On May 12, 2015, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors initiated Embark Richmond Highway to facilitate multimodal transportation improvements in the Richmond Highway Corridor. The County’s efforts respond to recommendations from the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT). The County’s review requires input from a variety of County agencies, as well as cooperation […]

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Liberty Park Mixed-Use Development Project Proposed Near Innovation Center Metro Station

by on March 23, 2017
Liberty Park Mixed-Use Development Project Proposed Near Innovation Center Metro Station

MRP recently filed a rezoning application to allow an approximately 32-acre mixed-use development currently identified as Liberty Park. The proposed community will include a mix of office, retail, multifamily, and townhouse uses near the Innovation Center Metro Station. Office and multifamily uses have been located closest to Metrorail with density tapering to the townhouses to […]

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Employee Spotlight

by on March 23, 2017
Employee Spotlight

Bob joined the firm in 2015 and works in the Land Use & Zoning Practice Group. His practice focuses on securing zoning and land use entitlements including rezonings, special permits, and special exceptions. Bob was born and raised in Philadelphia, but moved to Arlington in the summer of 2006 after graduating from the College of […]

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