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Andrew McRoberts is a member of the Local Government practice group and focuses his work on land use and zoning, tax asessment, special districts and specialized advice and litigation for local governments in Virginia. Prior to joining the firm, Andrew served eight years as the County Attorney for Goochland County after similar service in Culpeper and Arlington counties. He is a former President of the Local Government Attorneys of Virginia, in which he remains active. You can find him on Twitter @AndrewMcRoberts, reach him by email (amcroberts@sandsanderson.com) and learn more about him by visiting the firm's website.

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law: April 17, 2014

The Virginia Supreme Court issued opinions this morning.  After last term issuing no opinions significantly affecting Virginia Local Government Law (at least not in this author’s judgment), this term’s opinions are a virtual feast.  Issues involving BZA discretion, nonconforming signs, FOIA, Fraud Against Taxpayer’s Act and more.  Some are cases involving Virginia local governments, others [...]

 

Nervous Time for Localities: The General Assembly Is In Session

It happens in January, every year.  The General Assembly convenes and considers all manner of bills that localities support or oppose.  And localities get nervous.  More nervous than most Assembly-watchers, I say. Why would that be? While the General Assembly adopts legislation every year that affects Virginians, arguably it has more of an effect on [...]

 

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law January 10, 2014

The Virginia Supreme Court issued new opinions this morning, some of which affect local government law.  Here they are (summaries taken from the Virginia Supreme Court website, click on the Record Number to read opinion): 130210 Board of Supervisors v. Windmill Meadows, LLC 01/10/2014 In interpreting provisions relating to per-unit cash proffers in certain zoning proceedings [...]

 

Standard for a BZA to Grant a Variance Little Different Than Expressed In Cochran: Martin v. City of Alexandria

When the Virginia Supreme Court issued the opinion in Martin v. City of Alexandria on June 7, 2013, it gave some guidance regarding the current legal standard for a Board of Zoning Appeals to grant a variance.  This helped a great deal. Local governments attorneys, Boards of Zoning Appeals and landowners have debated for several [...]

 

The “ABCs” of Vested Rights in Zoning

Recently, I spoke to a group of local government officials and staff and other interested persons on the history of vested rights in Virginia, the recent vested rights cases decided in 2012 and 2013, and the state of the law in 2013. This is a very complex area, both in the case law of Supreme [...]

 

In Virginia Attorney General Race, Every Vote Counts

On election night 2013, as I stood watching election returns, an Australian gentlemen visiting America asked me what percentage of Virginians were voting that day. I paused to think.  First, I recited the percentage of registered voters that typically vote in a Virginia election, 40%, give or take.  Then, I considered what percentage of the [...]

 

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law October 31, 2013

The Virginia Supreme Court issued new opinions this morning, some of which affect local government law.  Here they are (summaries taken from the Virginia Supreme Court website, click on the Record Number to read opinion): 122035 Amin v. County of Henrico 10/31/2013 The Court of Appeals erred in concluding that it lacked jurisdiction to consider an [...]

 

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law September 12, 2013

The Virginia Supreme Court issued new opinions this morning, some of which affect local government law.  Here they are (summaries taken from the Virginia Supreme Court website): PKO Ventures, LLC v. Norfolk Redev’t & Housing Auth. 09/12/2013 In a condemnation proceeding in which the property owner asserted that a redevelopment and housing authority lacked the [...]

 

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law June 6, 2013

The Virginia Supreme Court issued new opinions yesterday, some of which affect local government law.  Here they are (summaries taken from the Virginia Supreme Court website): Friends of the Rappahannock v. Caroline Cnty. Bd. Sups. 06/06/2013 In ruling on a demurrer and motion to dismiss a declaratory judgment complaint brought by a conservation organization and [...]

 

Are You Ready for the Affordable Care Act?

Are you a “large employer” and are you ready for the Affordable Care Act?  Beginning January 1, 2014, most U.S. citizens and legal residents will be required to have qualified health care coverage pursuant to the Affordable Care Act (“Act”).   The Act requires employers defined as “large” to offer that coverage for its “full-time” employees [...]