Robert Hoffman and David Karceski quoted in Baltimore Sun on local zoning issues

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During the week of March 23, 2009, Venable partners Robert Hoffman and David Karceski were quoted in Baltimore Sun stories about Baltimore County zoning issues.

Hoffman was quoted in a March 23 story about changes to the planned Plinlimmon Farms development in Owings Mills, MD. The development will occupy the last large parcel of developable land in Owings Mills. Changes were made to the plan after the county planning board determined that the development would require construction of a new elementary school.

Developer Steve Weinstein is amenable to the changes, said Hoffman, Weinstein's attorney.

"The plan means less houses, but we have made the modifications and redesigned the public space for a school," Hoffman said.

Karceski was quoted in a March 25, 2009 story about the dispute between his client, Royal Farms Stores, and Bengies Drive-In, the last drive-in theater in Maryland.

The drive-in’s operator alleges that the lights from a Royal Farms convenience story near the theater interferes with the viewing experience of the theater’s patrons.

"My client has complied with the requirements. They submitted a lighting plan, Baltimore County approved the plan, and [Royal Farms Stores] made additional concessions," Karceski said. He noted that the store has offered to turn off lights that illuminate the store’s roof, as a concession to the theater operator’s concerns.