2011 September Newsletter

Summer Highlights

On June 20th, 96 members and their guests enjoyed a beautiful day of golf at Lakewood Country Club in Rockville.  Many thanks to our generous sponsors as well as to all who participated in the event.

 Geoff Azaroff Artisan Partners Construction Services, Mark Strandquist, AtSite, Stan Gelbaugh and Ed Dolson Coakley & Williams Candace Chazen, Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company, Barbara Rathmell of Kimball office, Debbie Sachs, MOI, Angie Lee, Smith Group Dan McGivney, CBRE, Jeb Boland and Matt Wilson, First Potomac and Matt Sullivan, Cassidy Turley.

PNC Bank and NAIOP’s Sustainability Committee hosted a networking event on the rooftop skygarden at PNC’s 800 17th Street, NW.  PNC Place, designed by Gensler & Associates, is the first LEED Platinum office building in Washington, DC.

The team from Forrester Construction Kevin Malpass, Angie Chedester-Hunter and Asif Virani enjoy the spectacular rooftop Carolyn Roberts of PNC Real Estate, Sally Modjeska and Chuck Schilke of Georgetown University Carlos Bonner, SKANSKA, host Bill Lynch, PNC Real Estate and Robert Atkinson, Davis Carter Scott


REEL Highlight

In August NAIOP REEL hosted its continuing education seminar.  This year’s event was a Leasing Class with Marc Witowski of Washington Property Company serving as the instructor.  12 students attended the full day seminar.

Upcoming Events

September 22:  Lobsterfest at National Harbor (in conjunction with NOVA and MD NAIOP)
September 28:  Reznick Group-Estate Planning Following Tax Relief & Jobs Creation Act of 2010
November 29:   Development Expo- Wisconsin Avenue Corridor
December 13:   Holiday Breakfast

What Are the Planners Thinking?

On September 8, 2011 the Maryland DC Chapter of NAIOP sponsored a luncheon panel featuring a first of its kind gathering of the most influential land use policy makers in the Metropolitan Washington DC region. We assembled a distinguished and geographically diversified panel of the region’s leading Planning Directors. Panelists included:

  • Harriett Tregoning, Director of Planning, Washington DC
  • Rollin Stanley, Director of Planning, Montgomery County
  • Fern Piret, Director of Planning , Prince Georges County
  • Bob Brosnan, Director of Planning, Arlington County
  • Faroll Hammer, Director of Planning, Alexandria, and
  • Fred Selden, Director of Planning , Fairfax County

Many of our Chapter’s members invest, operate or develop real estate in one or more of the communities represented on the panel. However, in the process of engaging these communities in the projects that we pursue, we find that the rules of engagement, preferences and incentives vary greatly among these cities and counties. To help us to more effectively navigate these shoals, we explored the question of where our planners are taking us by focusing the conversation on:

  • regional planning goals,
  • identification of some common denominators that affect all of these communities,
  • best practices,
  • emerging challenges,
  • local land use initiatives and
  • a comparison of local development standards regarding affordable housing, stormwater management, parking and LEED requirements.

We plan to reconvene the panel in a couple years time to revisit this discussion and hope that you can join us.

Legislative Committee

The hot summer weather has not slowed down the Legislative Committee.  In July, the Committee initiated its “A Seat At The Table With…” speaker series.  The inaugural luncheon event featured Montgomery County Council President Valerie Ervin.  Council President Ervin briefed the 40+ Chapter members in attendance on the County’s budget struggles, its plans to promote job growth and other commercial development initiatives.  Attendees appreciated the informal face-time with President Ervin that this lunch at  the offices of Linowes and Blocher provided.  Working off the success of this event, the Committee is already planning the second “A Seat At The Table With…” event in October.  Be on the lookout for an email with all the details.

In Montgomery County, there are major issues ahead in 2012 that will impact every commercial property in the County.  By way of example, the County plans to rezone with new, to-be-created zones, every commercial, industrial and mixed-use property in the County.  In addition, the County plans to impose a new, annual  Water Quality Protection Charge on every commercial, industrial and mixed-use property in the County.  To find out more about these and other issues,  your company needs a representative on the Legislative Committee now.

With the 2012 legislative session in Annapolis rapidly approaching, our Chapter has joined forces with the Baltimore Chapter to utilize the services of Tom Ballentine, Vice President for Policy and Government Affairs, MAIOP, in Annapolis.  Tom will provide regular briefings to the Legislative Committee on pending legislation and will also represent our Chapter’s interests during the legislative session.  To learn more about what will happening in Annapolis that may impact your company, make plans to regularly attend the Legislative Committee’s monthly meetings – the second Friday of each month @ noon (lunch provided) at the offices of Linowes and Blocher LLP, 7200 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 800, Bethesda, MD 20814.  For more information, contact Committee Chair Steve Elmendorf.

Development '11

NAIOP National Annual Meeting:  October 18-20 at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, Scottsdale, AZ
             Keynote speakers:  Karl Rove, Jerry Colangelo
* Interested in joining MD/DC Chapter members for dinner in Scottsdale?
             Contact Sally Modjeska 301.530.8662 for more details

Chapter Sponsorship

Click here for details on the many features and benefits of sponsoring the MD/DC Chapter.   Become a 2012 Chapter sponsor today and receive the benefits immediately. 


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