Legal Issues

Lisa Craig, Chief of Historic Preservation in Annapolis, resigns

Excerpt from Capital Gazette: The top historic preservation official in Annapolis resigned Monday, a week after the election of a new mayor who challenged the city's policy on protecting its historic buildings. Lisa Craig, chief of historic preservation since 2010, submitted her resignation to planning and zoning director Pete Gutwald. “I am very unclear as [...]

By | 2017-12-08T12:19:09+00:00 November 17th, 2017|Annapolis, Legal Issues|Comments Off on Lisa Craig, Chief of Historic Preservation in Annapolis, resigns

Maryland Historical Trust concludes Baltimore did not have legal authority to remove Confederate statues

Excerpt from the Baltimore Sun: The Maryland Historical Trust has concluded that Baltimore officials didn’t have the legal authority to remove three monuments to the Confederacy and, while acknowledging it doesn’t plan to, the state agency reserved the right to order the city to put them back. Elizabeth Hughes, director of the Maryland Historical Trust, shared those [...]

By | 2017-10-27T10:26:36+00:00 October 27th, 2017|Baltimore City, Legal Issues, Monuments, Property Types|Comments Off on Maryland Historical Trust concludes Baltimore did not have legal authority to remove Confederate statues

Annapolis City Council changes part of code governing exterior changes in the historic district

Excerpt from the Capital Gazette: The City Council on Monday night...passed: A change to a part of the code that governs exterior changes to building in the Historic District. The code previously gave the Historic Preservation Commission authority over "any other factors, including aesthetic factors, which the Commission deems to be pertinent." It will now [...]

By | 2017-10-27T10:22:21+00:00 October 27th, 2017|Annapolis, Design Review & Guidelines, Legal Issues|Comments Off on Annapolis City Council changes part of code governing exterior changes in the historic district

Annapolis City Council to hear remarks on ordinance to clarify HPC’s role

Excerpt from the Capital Gazette: As part of a lengthy public hearing schedule, the City Council will hear remarks on...an ordinance that would clarify the Historic Preservation Commission’s role in approving exterior changes to buildings.  

By | 2017-09-29T11:24:08+00:00 September 29th, 2017|Annapolis, Commission Policies & Procedures, Design Review & Guidelines, Legal Issues|Comments Off on Annapolis City Council to hear remarks on ordinance to clarify HPC’s role

Annapolis HPC retroactively approves Tsunami mural

Excerpt from the Capital Gazette: The controversy over the mural splashed across Tsunami restaurant has come to a swift close. The Historic Preservation Commission on Tuesday night voted to approve the painting on the restaurant, owned in part by Democratic mayoral candidate Gavin Buckley. The commission voted quickly and unanimously. The choice to retroactively accept [...]

By | 2017-09-19T15:06:26+00:00 September 14th, 2017|Annapolis, Commission Policies & Procedures, Design Review & Guidelines, Legal Issues|Comments Off on Annapolis HPC retroactively approves Tsunami mural

Tsunami property owner files for Certificate of Approval after District Court decision

Excerpt from Capital Gazette: A piece of paper signals the beginning of the end of a long fight between a businessman and Annapolis officials after a mural was commissioned on one of his buildings downtown. Gavin Buckley, a Democratic mayoral candidate, and his business partners have filed a Certificate of Approval with the city of [...]

By | 2017-08-08T09:57:04+00:00 August 8th, 2017|Annapolis, Commission Policies & Procedures, Design Review & Guidelines, Legal Issues|Comments Off on Tsunami property owner files for Certificate of Approval after District Court decision

Calvert County Board of County Commissioners removes Locust Inn historic designation

Excerpt from the Calvert Recorder: The Board of County Commissioners ruled to remove the historic district designation from the Locust Inn on South Solomons Island Road. The inn, built in the early 1900s, received the designation in 1988 via a resolution made by a former board of commissioners. The 4-0-1 decision came after a joint [...]

By | 2017-08-01T10:23:13+00:00 July 13th, 2017|Calvert County, Landmarks & Designations, Legal Issues|Comments Off on Calvert County Board of County Commissioners removes Locust Inn historic designation

Court sides with Annapolis HPC over mural

Excerpt from the Capital Gazette: District Court judge ruled Wednesday that mayoral candidate Gavin Buckley and his business partners should have sought a certificate of approval before commissioning a giant mural on the side of their Annapolis restaurant. Judge John P. McKenna Jr.'s decision means Buckley must seek an after-the-fact certificate of approval if he [...]

By | 2017-05-12T10:06:19+00:00 May 12th, 2017|Annapolis, Legal Issues|Comments Off on Court sides with Annapolis HPC over mural

Court sides with Annapolis HPC over vinyl windows

Excerpt from Capital Gazette: The Maryland Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court ruling that the owner of a historic building in Annapolis should have sought city approval before replacing wood windows with vinyl ones. The March 27 opinion is the latest decision in a dispute between the City of Annapolis and Spaw LLC, [...]

By | 2017-05-12T09:59:35+00:00 April 13th, 2017|Annapolis, Legal Issues, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Court sides with Annapolis HPC over vinyl windows

Prince George’s County HPC approves plan to move cemetery

Excerpt from the Washington Post: Yards from the sleek entrance of the icy-blue MGM National Harbor casino, an eerie sight greets those lining up for table games and Cher concerts: a cluster of lonely graves atop a hill. The graves, surrounded by a parking lot and two lines of chain-link fence, don’t look much like [...]

By | 2017-04-14T14:41:00+00:00 April 6th, 2017|Legal Issues, Prince George's County|Comments Off on Prince George’s County HPC approves plan to move cemetery

Frederick HPC signs off on rehab of townhouse on W. Fourth St

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: Members of the city’s Historic Preservation Commission officially signed off Thursday on plans to rehabilitate the dilapidated downtown Frederick townhouse at 20 W. Fourth St. Susan Murphy, a representative of prospective property owner Murphy Properties, presented plans to rehab the building for the second time at Thursday’s public hearing. She [...]

By | 2017-02-16T11:45:32+00:00 February 16th, 2017|Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City, Legal Issues|Comments Off on Frederick HPC signs off on rehab of townhouse on W. Fourth St

Controversial new construction involved in 2005 Court of Special Appeals case with Annapolis HPC sells

Excerpt from the Capital Gazette: Back in the early 2000s, Henry and Ann Seta had started a battle over the historic nature of a waterfront community in Annapolis when they'd proposed to demolish an old one-story, ranch-style home and replace it with a 32-foot tall, 3-bedroom home. About a decade after the Montgomery County couple [...]

By | 2017-01-26T17:18:36+00:00 January 17th, 2017|Annapolis, Legal Issues, New Construction|Comments Off on Controversial new construction involved in 2005 Court of Special Appeals case with Annapolis HPC sells

Appeal filed to stop relocation of Bethesda Community Hardware building

Excerpt from Bethesda Magazine: Two Town of Chevy Chase residents and a Bethesda businessman are trying to stop the county from allowing the relocation of a historic former hardware store building from its Wisconsin Avenue site—an effort that could impact a major Bethesda redevelopment project and construction of the Purple Line. John Fitzgerald and Deborah [...]

By | 2017-01-26T17:21:36+00:00 January 17th, 2017|Legal Issues, Montgomery County|Comments Off on Appeal filed to stop relocation of Bethesda Community Hardware building

District Court postpones hearing on Annapolis mural

Excerpt from the Capital Gazette: An attorney representing the owners of Tsunami filed a motion to dismiss the case surrounding a mural painted on the restaurant's facade as the clash between him and city officials made its way to District Court this week. Attorney Joseph Gormley filed a motion Monday that essentially makes the same [...]

By | 2016-12-11T23:05:59+00:00 October 7th, 2016|Annapolis, Design Review & Guidelines, Legal Issues|Comments Off on District Court postpones hearing on Annapolis mural

Report of the Special Commission to Review Baltimore’s Public Confederate Monuments Released

Excerpt from a City of Baltimore press release: Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced the release of a report on the findings of Baltimore City-owned public Confederate Monuments that lays the groundwork to address the recommendations for their future in the City. The report can be found on the Mayor's website, here. Visit the Commission’s website to [...]

By | 2016-12-16T10:50:34+00:00 September 14th, 2016|Baltimore City, Good News, Landmarks & Designations, Legal Issues, Survey & Documentation|Comments Off on Report of the Special Commission to Review Baltimore’s Public Confederate Monuments Released

MHT won’t be involved in Taney bust decision

Excerpt from WTOP: FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — A Maryland city’s plan to rid its City Hall courtyard of a statue of the man who wrote the 1857 Dred Scott decision affirming slavery won’t be second-guessed by the state. Maryland Historical Trust Director Elizabeth Hughes wrote in a Sept. 2 letter to officials in Frederick that [...]

By | 2016-12-16T10:52:00+00:00 September 8th, 2016|Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City, Legal Issues|Comments Off on MHT won’t be involved in Taney bust decision

Frederick’s Taney bust in the New York Times

Excerpt from the New York Times: FREDERICK, Md. — In 1801, Roger Brooke Taney, the politically minded son of a Maryland tobacco planter, settled here to practice law. He married the sister of Francis Scott Key, won election to the State Senate and worked his way to Washington, where he landed a dream job: Chief [...]

By | 2016-12-16T10:52:51+00:00 September 4th, 2016|Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City, Legal Issues|Comments Off on Frederick’s Taney bust in the New York Times

Maryland Historical Trust to review plan for removal of Taney Statue

Excerpt from the Baltimore Sun: A state panel is postponing its review of a plan to remove from the grounds of Frederick City Hall a statue of the Supreme Court chief justice who wrote the 1857 Dred Scott decision affirming slavery. Spokesman John Coleman says the Maryland Historical Trust's Easement Committee has postponed until Monday [...]

By | 2016-12-16T10:53:41+00:00 September 2nd, 2016|Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City, Legal Issues|Comments Off on Maryland Historical Trust to review plan for removal of Taney Statue

City of Frederick Aldermen reject designation for Fairgrounds

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: Further requirements won’t be added to protect the agricultural history that the Frederick Fairgrounds represents. The Frederick Board of Aldermen on Thursday voted to deny a proposal to place a historic preservation overlay on a portion of the fairgrounds property. The 4-0 vote was met with a standing ovation from [...]

By | 2016-12-16T11:01:57+00:00 September 1st, 2016|Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City, Landmarks & Designations, Legal Issues|Comments Off on City of Frederick Aldermen reject designation for Fairgrounds

City of Frederick Aldermen to vote on Fairgrounds designation

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: The iconic red-accented building that marks the entrance to the Frederick Fairgrounds may be the last commercial example of its architectural style in the city of Frederick. It is also one of 21 buildings or structures within a 22-acre area recommended for a special designation that would add extra requirements [...]

By | 2016-12-16T11:02:37+00:00 August 30th, 2016|Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City, Landmarks & Designations, Legal Issues|Comments Off on City of Frederick Aldermen to vote on Fairgrounds designation