Pat Harris is a land use attorney who works with developers, property owners, and national retailers to secure zoning approvals in Montgomery County, Maryland and surrounding jurisdictions.
She brings focus and determination to exploring how to get the best possible use for each property, keeping her eye on helping her clients get projects built. “Pat Harris is great with assisting us to develop approval strategies and political tactics. She is reputable within the region, and knows and has good relationships with the authorities having jurisdiction,” says one real estate investment trust client. Legal guide Chambers USA adds, “Clients say she is ‘very responsive and easy to work with.’” Pat chairs the Lerch Early’s Land Use practice, the largest land use group serving suburban Maryland and DC.
Pat’s experience includes site plans, special exceptions, subdivision approvals, historic preservation, local map amendments, zoning text amendments, master plan recommendations, and building permits. She is knowledgeable about transit-oriented, mixed-use development and other issues related to smart growth for clients such as The JBG Companies and Federal Realty Investment Trust. She also has significant experience representing national retailers, including Costco, McDonald's, TD Bank, and Westfield Corporation, as well as senior living and affordable housing providers, such as Brightview and Artspace.
Pat appears before administrative boards, commissions, and elected officials, including the Montgomery County Council, the Montgomery Planning Board, the Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission, the Board of Appeals, and the Sign Review Board. She also represents many property developers pursuing approvals in the City of Rockville, and appears frequently before the Rockville Mayor, Council, and Planning Commission.
With two active boys, Pat and her husband love spending time outdoors. Pat rode her bicycle across the United States after graduating from college; she hopes to repeat the feat someday with her family.