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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.

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 [...]

 

Times-Dispatch Editorial Shines Light on Andrew McRoberts Representation

Times-Dispatch Editorial shines light on Andrew McRoberts Representation Published on: 8/31/2014 The Sunday, August 31, 2014 issue of the Richmond Times-Dispatch included the editorial “No” covering the zoning application that Richmond City Council is considering for The James at River’s Bend condominium development near Libby Hill Park.  Andrew McRoberts is referenced throughout the editorial as providing [...]

 

Andrew McRoberts Argues Minimizing Historic Impacts of Powerlines and Zoning Preemption on Appeal to Virginia Supreme Court

On Tuesday, January 6, 2015, the appeal of the State Corporation Commission’s grant of a certificate of public convenience and necessity for two powerlines and a switching station was heard by the Virginia Supreme Court. Significant issues included to what extent minimization of impacts on historic sites is mandated to the SCC in a certificate [...]

 

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law: October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!  The Virginia Supreme Court issued opinions on Halloween this year. A complete coincidence, but I do hope that nothing in this term’s opinions has scares you!  This term resulted in two cases related to school law, and one related to DSS law.  As always, congratulations to the winners! The case summaries are taken [...]

 

Seven Attributes of Good Local Government Leadership

As a long-time local government attorney, I have had the opportunity to study local government officials a lot.  Over the years, I have sat on the dais or in the meeting room or in a conference room and examined the traits of elected and appointed local government officials that help and those that hurt.  In [...]

 

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law: September 12, 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 resulted in two both related to law enforcement — one tort case and one “gap” pay case.  As always, congratulations to the winners! The case summaries [...]

 

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions NOT Affecting Local Government Law: June 5, 2014

The Virginia Supreme Court issued opinions this morning.  After last term’s virtual feast of seven opinions significantly affecting Virginia Local Government Law, this term had none (at least not in this author’s judgment).  Unless you are interested in wrongful death, labor relations or criminal law, read no further. If you want to double-check my judgment, [...]

 

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 [...]