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Zoning – Fence Regulation – Constitutional — Procedural Due Process – Opportunity to Be Heard – Interpretation of Regulation (access required)

Lipinski v. Town of Summerfield Although petitioner had a property interest in his fence, his procedural due process rights were not violated, and he was afforded meaningful opportunity to be heard where the town sent written notice of the hearing, town officials answered petitioner’s questions in advance of the hearing, and petitioner had a chance to ask questions and testify at the hearing.

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Zoning – Court Upholds Denial of Substation Expansion (access required)

Washington Gas Light Co. v. Prince George’s County Council A gas company seeking to expand its natural gas substation in Prince George’s County, Md., cannot challenge the county’s denial of their request in this federal lawsuit; the 4th Circuit affirms the district court decision dismissing the company’s claim under the state’s “mandatory referral statute” and granting summary judgment to the county on state and federal preemption claims.

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