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24 07, 2017

859 Maryland Liquor License Violations Reported

July 24th, 2017|Land Use Law|

This blog post is a review of retail liquor license violations across Maryland during 2016. The twenty three counties in Maryland, Baltimore City, and the City of Annapolis issue retail alcoholic beverages licenses and local boards of liquor license commissioners police activities under those licenses.

10 07, 2017

Who Really Owns A Liquor License?

July 10th, 2017|Land Use Law|

It is not surprising that in Maryland the determination as to whether the liquor license is owned by the individual applicants, or by a corporation that operates the business, depends on the circumstances of the particular case.

2 07, 2017

New Liquor License Rules in Baltimore County

July 2nd, 2017|Land Use Law|

The Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore County has issued new Rules and Regulations. Liquor board Rules are of great import and govern the issuance of an alcoholic beverage license as well as the day to day operations of a business selling alcoholic beverages. While hyper technical in nature, Board Rules have the force of law and a violation of a Rule can result in civil penalties and ultimately suspension or revocation of an alcoholic beverage license.

2 04, 2017

It Appears that the “Growlette” a Smaller Growler is Coming to Maryland

April 2nd, 2017|Land Use Law|

It appears that the soon to be completed 2017 session of the Maryland General Assembly will establish a 32 ounce nonrefillable container permit in the State. The permit authorizes the sale of draft beer for off-premises consumption by packaging the beer in a nonrefillable container that meets specified standards.

15 01, 2016

Nevada Stops Subsidizing Net Metering

January 15th, 2016|Land Use Law|

In the final days of 2015, Nevada became the front line in the nationwide debate over energy policy when the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada cut rates for net metering impacting homeowners with rooftop photovoltaic panels.

10 01, 2013

Referendum Not Permitted in Baltimore City

January 10th, 2013|Land Use Law|

A “referendum” broadly speaking is the reservation by the people of the State, or local subdivision, of the right to have submitted for their approval or rejection, under certain prescribed conditions, a law or part of a law passed by the law making body. More particularly, the term referendum under Maryland law means that power [...]

10 06, 2007

2008 Comes Early for Baltimore County Rezoning Process

June 10th, 2007|Land Use Law|

Months before the ball drops at Times Square heralding the arrival of 2008, the year 2008 comprehensive zoning map process begins in Baltimore County. The year 2008 comprehensive rezoning actually commences September 4, 2007. All landowners - whether needing a zoning change for proposed new development or simply seeking to assure that their property is [...]

10 10, 2006

PUD Process In Baltimore County Is Innovative Approach To Land Use

October 10th, 2006|Land Use Law|

Baltimore County’s updated and revised planned unit development (PUD) regulations offer an innovative approach to land use approvals. PUDs Defined PUDs are defined in a widely quoted New Jersey court decision as “getting away from the Euclidean principle of blocking out designated districts for specific uses, and instead permitting a variety of uses within already [...]

10 03, 2006

Oregon’s Property Rights Law Portends Change for Maryland

March 10th, 2006|Land Use Law|

The Oregon Supreme Court has just upheld a sweeping voter initiated measure that allows a property owner to seek compensation from the government if land use regulations reduce the value of their land. Given that Oregon’s land use laws are often cited as the philosophical underpinning of Smart Growth, this measure protecting private property rights [...]

10 12, 2004

New Baltimore County Redevelopment Charrette Process Offers Opportunities

December 10th, 2004|Land Use Law|

Baltimore County property owners have a new arrow in their quiver for large scale redevelopment in older communities. With the adoption of the Renaissance Redevelopment Pilot Program, by Bill 120-04 effective for five years beginning December 19, 2004, the County Council tweaked the collaborative design process that had been advanced by the County Executive as [...]