Land Use Institute 2023


The MSBA Real Property Section announces its biennial Land Use Institute on Wednesday, September 27, 2023 @ 9:00 a.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Columbia.

Keynote speaker and presidential appointee, Elizabeth M. Hewlett, Esq., Vice Chair of the National Capital Planning Commission, (former Chair of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission and Prince George’s Planning Board Chair) will kick off the event. 

Gather for learning and networking, as Justices of Maryland’s Supreme Court and Judges of the Appellate Court of Maryland, state and local governmental officials, planning directors and staff, zoning hearing examiners, planning board members and legal practitioners, will discuss cutting edge issues including:

      • Recent Land Use Appellate Decisions
      • Federal Takings Cases and Wetlands (Waters of the United States) 
      • Statewide Trends in Adequate Public Facilities Ordinances (APFOs) and Exactions 
      • Maximizing the Effectiveness of Meeting with Planning Staff Across Maryland
      • Housing and more!

Scroll down to see the detailed agenda and to add to cart and register! 5.5 hours of credit with the surrounding MCLE states will be offered. If you’re unable to attend the live in-person event in September, the entire event will be recorded and available to you to view two weeks after the in person event. You can pre-purchase the On-Demand product here.

Registrants for this Land Use Institute will receive a 15% coupon code in your confirmation email for the Advanced Real Property Institute during Legal Excellence Week on November 13th.

The Maryland State Bar Association thanks our sponsors for their generous support of the 2023 Land Use Institute networking reception!






The MSBA is committed to providing accessibility to its programs, events and services to all potential attendees. If you need accommodations for this event please email

COVID Guidelines & Protocols

The MSBA is committed to holding a safe event for all participants, and is following all CDC, Federal, State, and Local regulations, as well as venue requirements.

In accordance with CDC guidelines, faculty or attendees that have tested positive for COVID within 5 days of their in-person presentation, are experiencing any symptoms consistent with COVID, including fever, cough, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, or shortness of breath, should not attend the in-person event.

Course Level
Professional Area of Focus
Real Property
Land Use
Construction Law
State and Local Government
General Practice
Business Law
CLE Field of Study
Continuing Education Legal Credit
DoubleTree by Hilton Columbia
5485 Twin Knolls Rd
Columbia, MD 21045 US
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Event Information
Sep 27, 2023
9:00 am - 4:30 pm EST
DoubleTree by Hilton Columbia
5485 Twin Knolls Rd
Columbia, MD 21045 US
Total CLE Credits


Day 1

9:00 am

9:00 a.m.Opening & Welcome

Land Use Institute Program Co-Chairs: Peter Goldsmith, Esq. Lerch, Early and Brewer, Chtd.; Casey L. Cirner, Esq. Miles & Stockbridge P.C.


9:10 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.:  Opening Keynote  

Elizabeth Hewlett, Esq., National Capital Planning Commission, Vice Chair (former M-NCPPC Prince George’s Planning Board Chair) 


9:40 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.: Supreme Court of Maryland and Appellate Court of Maryland Judges Panel Discussion of Recent Land Use Appellate Decisions, and Recommendations for Improving Land Use Appellate Briefs, and Q & A 

The Honorable Brynja McDivitt Booth, Supreme Court of Maryland

The Honorable Glenn T. Harrell, Jr., Supreme Court of Maryland (Senior Judge)

The Honorable Kevin F. Arthur, Appellate Court of Maryland

The Honorable Christopher B. Kehoe, Appellate Court of Maryland

Moderator: The Honorable Andrea M. Leahy, Appellate Court of Maryland


11:10 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. Break


11:20 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.: Takings Cases and WOTUS (Waters of the United States)

Christina M. Martin, Senior Attorney, Pacific Legal Foundation

Timothy Dugan, Esq., Bean Kinney & Korman, PC

Gus B. Bauman, Esq., Beveridge & Diamond PC


12:20 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. Lunch


1:30 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.:  Housing 

Missing Middle in Arlington County – Michelle Winters, Winters Community Strategies

Regulatory Tools that Facilitate Affordable Housing – Jessica Bellah, Deputy Director, Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning

Moderator: Casey Anderson, Esq., Rodgers Consulting (former M-NCPPC Montgomery County Planning Board Chair)


2:20 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Break 


2:30 p.m. – 3:25 p.m.  Break Out Sessions


Ballroom A: Planning Directors’ Perspective:  Efficient Collaboration and Communication in the Entitlement Process 

Amy Moredock, Planning Director, Queen Anne’s County 

Kathleen Maher, Director of Planning and Code Administration for Hagerstown (Washington County), Maryland

Steve Lafferty, Planning Director, Baltimore County  

Moderator:  Joseph A. Stevens, Esq., Stevens Palmer, LLC/Bay East Title


Ballroom B: APFO Regulations and Exactions – State-wide Trends 

Jason Sartori, Chief, Countywide Planning and Policy Division, Montgomery County, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.  

Françoise Carrier, Esq., Bregman, Berbert, Schwartz & Gilday 

Greg Swain, Esq., Anne Arundel County Attorney

Moderator: Kinley Bray, YVS Law LLC


3:25 p.m. – 3:35 p.m. Break 


3:35 p.m. – 4:25 p.m.: Climate Science and the Implications for Land Use Lawyers in Maryland

Sandra Nichols Thiam, Vice President, Research & Policy, Environmental Law Institute

Dr. Donald Boesch, Professor and President Emeritus of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Robert Perciasepe, Senior Adviser to the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)

Moderator: Peter Goldsmith, Esq., Lerch, Early & Brewer Chtd.


4:25 p.m. – 5:25 p.m. Q&A, Closing remarks, and networking reception



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