Sara V. Mariska

Sara V. Mariska


2200 Clarendon Blvd, Suite 1300
Arlington, VA 22201
703.528.4700 x5419
703.525.3197 (fax)


Sara joined WCL&W in 2007 and works primarily in the firm’s Land Use and Zoning practice group. She is experienced in all phases of the land use and development process in Northern Virginia and specializes in rezoning, special permit, special exception, and variance applications in Fairfax County, Arlington County, the City of Fairfax, the Town of Vienna, and the Town of Herndon. Prior to joining the firm, Sara gained invaluable experience in land use and zoning law while working for Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Member Sharon Bulova.

Representative Experience

  • Obtained approval of a 67-acre mixed-use residential and retail community comprised of approximately 955 dwelling units in the western part of Fairfax County.
  • Obtained approval of a 350-unit multifamily building on Richmond Highway in the Commercial Revitalization District of Fairfax County.
  • Obtained approval for an 85-unit assisted living facility that involved preservation of the historic Silas Burke House in Fairfax County.
  • Assisted with entitlements for 33-acre mixed-use office and retail development in southeastern Fairfax County. Approval process involved adaptive reuse of construction demolition and debris landfill for new 36-acre recreation facility adjacent to the mixed-use center.
  • Obtained approval for a 15-acre office park comprised of approximately 1 million square feet in proximity to the Springfield Metro Station in Fairfax County.
  • Assisted with entitlement of a 13-acre multi-family development located in the Tysons Corner area of Fairfax County that is approved for a 3.0 FAR or 1,354 multi-family dwelling units and accessory retail uses, including a Harris Teeter grocery store.
  • Obtained approval of a 90-unit condo building in the Courthouse area of Arlington County.
  • Assisted with entitlements in Arlington County for a mixed-use development including approximately 200 multifamily units and a Mom’s Grocery Store.
  • Assisted with entitlements in Arlington County for an 168 room Hyatt Place hotel near the Courthouse Metro Station.
  • Obtained approval of a special permit for a place of worship to permit a 450-seat sanctuary, child care use, and school for grades K–12.
  • Obtained approval of a number of special exceptions for service stations in Fairfax County that are redeveloping existing facilities.
  • Obtained approval of a number of special permits for homeowners seeking to modify lot requirements in order to enhance their existing property.

Professional Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Rated

Community Involvement

  • Arlington Road Runners
  • Arlington YMCA
  • Emerging Leaders Institute, Class of 2008
  • Fairfax Symphony Orchestra
  • Good Shepherd Housing
  • Leadership Fairfax

Practice Areas

Land Use and Zoning


College of William & Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, J.D., 2006
Articles Editor, The William & Mary Law Review
University of Virginia, B.A., 2003

Professional Membership

Urban Land Institute
Virginia Bar Association
Arlington Bar Association
Fairfax Bar Association

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