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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 Opinion Affecting Local Government Law: September 22, 2016

The Virginia Supreme Court issued one additional opinion in September affecting local government law, on September 22, 2016.  This opinion addressed the priority to be given a local government special assessment lien over a deed of trust. The case summary is taken from the Virginia Supreme Court opinions website.  Click on the case number to read […]

 

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law: September 15, 2016

The Virginia Supreme Court issued two opinions in September affecting local government law.  Its work resulted in opinions addressing legislative privilege from document requests, and applying a local government tax exemption ordinance. The case summary is taken from the Virginia Supreme Court opinions website. Click on the case number to read the opinion. 151701 Miller & […]

 

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law: April 28, June 23, June 30 and July 22, 2016

The Virginia Supreme Court issued a number of opinions this Spring and Summer in recent terms.  Its work resulted in several opinions affecting Virginia local (and state) government law, in the areas of Virginia Constitutional Law, taxation of utilities, insurance coverage by the Virginia Association of Counties, grievances within a redevelopment and housing authority, assessment […]

 

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law: December 17, 2015, January 14, 2016 and February 12, 2016

The Virginia Supreme Court issued opinions on February 12, 2016, just before Jane Marum Roush’s second interim gubernatorial appointment to the Virginia Supreme Court expired. This author does not typically make political commentary, but in this case, I will make an exception.  No matter how this situation happened, I hope that this issue will be […]

 

Virginia Supreme Court Opinion Affecting Local Government Law: September 17, 2015

The Virginia Supreme Court issued opinions on September 17, 2015 during its recent term.  This term resulted in one opinion affecting Virginia local government law, in the area of the Freedom of Information Act.  The opinion addresses the need – actually, the lack of a need – to redact documents when a portion of a […]

 

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law: June 4, 2015

The Virginia Supreme Court issued opinions on June 4, 2015 during its June term.  This term resulted in several opinions affecting Virginia local government law.  These opinions addressed defamation alleged from statements by a planning commissioner, more defamation alleged from statements made by public school officials, and the grievance of an employee of a redevelopment […]

 

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law – April 16, 2015

The Virginia Supreme Court issued opinions this morning during its April term.  This term resulted in several opinions affecting Virginia local government law.  Opinions addressed evidence in a condemnation case, interpreted the Freedom of Information Act after release of a document by a Sheriff, and included the long-awaited opinion in the appeal from the State […]

 

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law – February 26, 2015

This term resulted in two cases which, in our opinion, affect Virginia local government law.  One, decided by order, deals with the effect of a failure to name a necessary party (a governing body) in appealing a BZA decision.  The other addresses the difference between a local government and its constitutional officers (a sheriff) in […]

 

T-Mobile South, LLC v. City of Roswell – Contemporaneous Reasons Needed for Denying Cell Towers

By Andrew R. McRoberts and Cullen D. Seltzer On January 14, 2014, the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in T-Mobile South, LLC v. City of Roswell. At issue was the breadth of the requirement in 47 U.S.C. § 332(c)(7)(B)(iii) of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (the “Act”), which provides that a locality’s denial […]

 

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law – January 8, 2015

Happy New Year!  The Virginia Supreme Court issued opinions yesterday, its first term for 2015.  This term resulted in cases which, in various ways, deal with the authority of government entities (Workers Compensation Commission to address issues other than compensation, Virginia Department of Health to regulate smoking at a hookah bar, State Tax Commissioner to […]