Cumberland & Erly, LLC

Experienced Maryland Land Use Attorneys

For more than three decades, Cumberland & Erly, LLC has served the legal needs of individuals and businesses in southern Maryland. Our attorneys have broad experience in real estate and commercial matters, including land use, zoning, and planning for growth and development. Based in Prince Frederick, we represent clients in Calvert County, Charles County, and St. Mary's County.

Representing Property Owners & Businesses in Land Use & Zoning Matters

The ownership and utilization of land often raises legal issues for property owners, businesses, and government entities. Homeowners often must receive permission from their city government to remodel or build additions; businesses must comply with zoning restrictions on certain operations; and environmental issues may impact any project or plan. Our attorneys are extremely knowledgeable about land use and zoning matters, including:

  • Condemnation and eminent domain proceedings
  • Zoning use changes
  • Zoning appeals
  • Variance requests
  • Easement and right-of-way agreements
  • Boundary line disputes
  • Grading permits
  • Special use permits
  • Development covenants and restrictions
  • Landmark proceedings
  • Environmental issues
  • Highway occupancy and traffic considerations
  • Outdoor advertising
  • Defense of Maryland Department of Environment actions and environmental defense litigation

Expertise in Southern Maryland Condemnation Cases

State and federal eminent domain laws authorize the government to purchase private land for public use, such as the construction of schools, roads, highways, parks, and hospitals. Once the government has decided to exercise its takings power, it must initiate a condemnation action against the private property owner, which involves valuing the property and determining fair compensation for the property owner's loss.

It is the duty of government agents to ensure that people receive fair market value for their property, or the amount they would receive if their property was sold privately in the open market. Unfortunately, however, the government often undervalues property and offers unreasonably low compensation to property owners. Cumberland & Erly, LLC has successfully represented Calvert County residents who were not offered fair compensation for the condemnation of their property. In one significant case, we obtained an additional $1.3 million for our client.

Talk to a Respected Calvert County Lawyer about Your Land Use or Zoning Concern

If you have a land use or zoning concern in Calvert County, or if a government agency has initiated condemnation proceedings against your property, please contact Cumberland & Erly, LLC for a free initial consultation. We have helped many clients make the most of their land holdings in southern Maryland.