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Zoning and Land Use

Rees Broome has developed a group within its Litigation Department to represent Virginia landowners (including government entities) in sophisticated land use litigation and transactional work. Each typically demands substantial interaction and negotiation between local governments, landowners, condominium associations and developers. Virginia issues are particularly complex given that each local government in Virginia employs different land use standards.

Our key land use partner is Mark Moorstein, who brings more than 30 years' experience, depth of knowledge and range of creative strategies in dealing with this very specialized area of the law. Mark and his team handle not only land use litigation, but also zoning, subdivision, site planning, vested rights, non-conforming use, development and bonding and governmental condemnation.


DISCLAIMER: THE RESULTS OF ANY LEGAL ACTION DEPEND UPON FACTS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE.  NEITHER REES BROOME, PC, NOR ITS ATTORNEYS GUARANTEE OR PREDICT SIMILAR RESULTS IN ANY FUTURE CASE UNDERTAKEN BY REES BROOME, PC OR ANY OF ITS ATTORNEYS.


Mark M. Moorstein
Mark Moorstein has practiced as a land use litigator/transactional lawyer for more than thirty years in Northern Virginia. In light of his extensive experience, he was recently asked to join an international commission looking into land use reform in Cambodia.  The article Mark wrote about his experience in Cambodia can be reached through this link.

A typical client of Mark’s owns or wishes to acquire or sell a commercial property worth $1,000,000 or more and faces:

•  Easement issues
•  Access problems
•  Subdivision
•  Unfavorable regulatory authority determinations as to use
•  Zoning disputes
•  Governmental taking
•  Valuation issues linked to proposed condemnation

Patrick M. Via
Pat Via’s practice has focused on Northern Virginia’s commercial real estate industry for the past 20 years. He has significant experience working with local, state and federal officials on land use permits and variances, often significantly enhancing project profitability. He often can simplify and expedite the ordinary site plan approval process, saving both time and money on projects that otherwise can be stalled for weeks.

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Erik W. Fox
Erik Fox began his career as Zoning Administrator/Assistant Director, Neighborhood Development Services (City of Suffolk, VA), and also served as a Public Works Management Analyst and Program Coordinator, Chesapeake Bay Areas (Norfolk, VA). He is also a certified arborist by the International Society of Arboriculture and worked as a city arborist for the city of Chesapeake (VA). He therefore brings an unusual understanding of zoning and land use regulations to his ReesBroome clients, many of which are community associations dealing with easement and zoning problems.

Representative Experience

•  Easement issues, particularly landscape and open space easements.
•  Tree removal/protection issues.
•  Zoning matters, particularly on adjoining properties

Courtney B. Harden
Courtney Harden is an experienced land use attorney, who serves as a local counsel appointee for the Virginia Commissioner of the Department of Transportation (VDOT).  She represents VDOT in its eminent domain/condemnation cases, as well as often representing land owners in eminent domain/condemnation matters and related litigation. Courtney has experience with a wide range of land use issues, including partition and easement situations, questions involving land title, property access issues or resolution of an encumbrance such as an easement.

Courtney also represents clients who have land use issues related to a single large parcel which must be resolved before a use permit or subdivision plan approval can be obtained from local regulatory agencies.