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Impact of Social Media on Land Use and Zoning Cases

The proliferation of social media has transformed how the public perceives and disseminates information about proposed land use and zoning developments. Coupled with an increased public sensitivity to environmental issues, these changes have dramatically altered the commercial development process. In this video, Offit Kurman business and real estate attorney David A. Severn explains the impact social media has had on the industry, as well as the implications for individuals, political groups, and businesses involved in land use cases. For more on real estate land use law and other legal topics, visit To contact David Severn, email, or call our Frederick, MD office at 240.772.5200.


David A. | 240.772.5114 David A. Severn has been practicing law in Frederick MD, since 1980 and focuses his practice on land use, development and real estate. He represents clients in all aspects of the zoning and land use process appearing regularly before planning commissions, boards of appeal and legislative bodies of Frederick County, Washington County and their municipalities. He has served as lead counsel in numerous large and complex development projects including “Carroll Creek Park” a mixed use, public-private partnership re-development project in historic downtown Frederick modeled on River Walk in San Antonio, “Frederick Crossing”, the first large mixed use commercial retail/employment center in Frederick County and the redevelopment of the Frederick Towne Mall. David also works for the public sector in serving as legal counsel to the Town of Walkersville, the City of Brunswick, Frederick County and Washington County Public Schools for real estate and land use matters.

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