Know Who Can Challenge Your Comprehensive Zoning? Learn at #MACoCon

Do you know who has standing to challenge your comprehensive zoning decisions? Learn about a recent Maryland court decision and pending legislation that could change that answer at the 2016 MACo Winter Conference.

A Leg to Stand On – Who Can Challenge Local Zoning?


In response to a recent Maryland Court of Appeals holding (Anne Arundel County v. Bell), legislation was introduced during the 2016 Session (HB 243/SB 166) that would have altered who could legally challenge comprehensive zoning decisions made by a county or municipality. While the bills did not move, the House Environment & Transportation Committee is convening a workgroup to further examine the issue in anticipation of revised legislation for the 2017 Session. Panelists will provide an overview of the “standing” issue, the Bell holding, and key stakeholder perspectives.


  • Tom Ballentine, Vice President, Policy and Government Relations, NAIOP Maryland
  • Elaine Lutz, Maryland Staff Attorney, Chesapeake Bay Foundation
  • Gregory Swain, Supervising County Attorney, Anne Arundel County
  • Kimberly Golden Brandt, Local Policy Director, 1000 Friends of Maryland

Date & Time: Thursday, December 8, 2016; 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

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