Stevens & Lee Lawyers Present Seminars on Land Use Developments in Pennsylvania

CENTER VALLEY and CAMP HILL PA, October 12 and 14, 2021– Stevens & Lee attorneys Blake C. Marles, James F. Kratz and Steven D. Buck co-presented “What’s New in Pennsylvania Zoning and Land Use” at the Hilton Homewood Suites on October 12 in Center Valley, PA. Ronald M. Lucas, Charles M. Suhr and Ambrose W. Heinz co-presented “What’s New in Pennsylvania Zoning and Land Use” at the West Shore Country Club on October 14 in Camp Hill, PA.

The presentations explored a range of regulatory issues arising between developer interests and the authority of municipalities; avenues for dedicating public improvements in the land development process; the details, challenges and opportunities involved with pursuing an array of variances under the state’s Municipalities Planning Code; and capped off with key 2021 updates surrounding statutory and appellate case law.

Mr. Marles serves as lead counsel for projects as diverse as health care campuses, regional business headquarters, multi-municipality planned residential developments, condominiums, ground leases, industrial reuses and commercial and industrial land developments. He has counseled more than 50 communities statewide, has served as solicitor for municipalities in three counties

Mr. Kratz concentrates his practice in real estate and municipal law. He represents municipalities, landowners, tenants and developers in all aspects of real estate transactions, development and use. He regularly counsels clients on procedures to resolve or avoid disputes and advises clients on the risks and benefits of litigation, mediation and other dispute resolution procedures.

Mr. Buck is Co-Chair of Stevens & Lee’s Real Estate Department. He focuses his practice in the areas of real estate and commercial transactions, including the acquisition, sale, leasing and financing of commercial and industrial properties; mergers and acquisitions; and financial services. He represents clients engaged in real estate development, construction and management, as well as corporate clients and financial institutions in their real estate-related activities.

Mr. Lucas concentrates his practice on real estate matters, primarily zoning and land development. He has handled a wide range of real estate matters from planning to entitlements and development for commercial, industrial, institutional and residential projects. He has represented clients in more than 35 Pennsylvania counties, before state regulatory agencies and before all appellate courts in Pennsylvania. He has also served as special counsel for numerous municipalities.

Mr. Suhr represents landowners and developers in obtaining municipal approvals for residential, commercial and industrial developments and appears before local planning commissions, governing bodies and zoning hearing boards throughout south central Pennsylvania. H has successfully challenged municipal land development decisions and zoning hearing board decisions in the Courts of Common Pleas and the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court. He has also successfully brought and defended procedural challenges to the adoption of municipal zoning ordinances.

Mr. Heinz represents clients in obtaining federal, state and local land development and zoning approvals to for residential, commercial and industrial developments throughout Pennsylvania.  He has represented a wide array of clients in complex and controversial projects before various municipal governing bodies, zoning boards, boards, and in the courts throughout central Pennsylvania.  He has also assisted clients in obtaining property tax assessment relief for clients.

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