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Offit Kurman Attorney David Severn On WHAG TV About Proposed Increase in Developer Fees For Frederick County

With the surge in growth Frederick County has seen in recent years, the demand for schools has exceeded available funding. “People love Frederick County. People want to move here, developers want to develop here, but as a result, we have a real need for school seats,” said Katie Groth, a member of Frederick County’s Board of Education. “What we’re seeing with school construction funding is really a perfect storm,” County Executive Jan Gardner said at a public information briefing late Thursday morning. With the proposed modifications, the county’s mitigation fee would increase by 67 percent. A mitigation fee is a payment required of developers who want to build near overcrowded schools, but fail a capacity test. “New development is not the only place where new students come from,” said David Severn, a principal attorney with Offit Kurman in Frederick. Severn represents several developers in the area. “We’re very concerned because this is a seismic shift that’s being proposed, and it will have a huge impact Click here to read the complete story.  Click on the image below to watch the video.    severnews  


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. You can also connect with Offit Kurman via Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, and LinkedIn.