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For more than three decades, Hyatt & Weber’s Land Use and Zoning practice has guided clients through the myriad of regulations impacting commercial and residential real estate development in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Our attorneys’ thorough knowledge of the area’s geographic, political and legislative landscape has made us the go-to law firm for helping businesses and individuals craft strategic approaches, identify potential obstacles and resolve disputes among stakeholders.

We regularly seek entitlements, permits, variances and special exceptions for commercial and residential properties, including mixed-use, industrial, single- and multifamily residences, churches, health care and senior living facilities, shopping centers, hotels and entertainment complexes. Because of our proximity to the Chesapeake Bay and the many rivers and streams located in the region, we are well-versed in regulations that apply to building within designated critical areas. We also bring extensive regulatory compliance experience associated with forest conservation act requirements; tidal and nontidal wetlands licensing and permitting; stream mitigation and restoration; brownfields development; stormwater requirements; LEED certification; erosion and sediment control; and designated maritime, historic and arts districts.

Our clients encompass those with property interests located in the City of Annapolis or Anne Arundel County, and include local, regional and national property owners, buyers and sellers. We provide counsel to:

  • Developers
  • Construction Companies and Builders
  • Church and Nonprofit Boards and Management
  • Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs)
  • Retail Store Owners and Franchisees
  • Community Associations and HOAs
  • Real Estate Investors
  • Property Owners

Our in-depth understanding of our area’s unique water-oriented geography, historical significance and evolution of rural-to-urban usage gives us a distinctive advantage over out-of-area firms. Working hand-in-hand with the firm’s Real Estate practice, our Land Use and Zoning team is recognized for its ability to navigate city, county, state and federal regulations; collaborate with elected officials and members of the community; and tackle key issues that must be addressed to achieve our clients’ visions.

Hyatt & Weber attorneys have established a reputation for integrity through years of professional interactions with City of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County elected representatives and government offices. In addition to regularly appearing at public hearings, we also advance our clients’ interests by interacting with members of various authorities, planning boards, commissions and appellate boards, including:

  • City of Annapolis Planning Commission
  • Annapolis Historic Preservation Commission
  • City of Annapolis Mayor’s Office
  • Annapolis City Council
  • Anne Arundel County Office of Planning and Zoning
  • Anne Arundel County Executive’s Office
  • Anne Arundel County Liquor Board
  • Anne Arundel County Council
  • Anne Arundel County Department of Inspections and Permits
  • Anne Arundel County Department of Health

Hyatt & Weber has played a leading role in numerous projects that have changed the landscape of the area’s communities – from helping repurpose the former Annapolis Hospital site into a vibrant residential community in the heart of the city’s historic district, to providing ongoing counsel to the developer/owner of one of the region’s major entertainment destinations. Our significant experience in land use, zoning and real estate is just one of the many reasons why we are regularly honored for excellence in legal guides such as Best Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell and Super Lawyers, and by local readers of What’s Up? Annapolis and The Capital.

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