Jul 31, 2017

Marc D. Jonas, Esq. Secures Planning Commission Recommendation for Whitemarsh Property

After years of unsuccessful efforts to develop a split-zoned property on Germantown Pike in Whitemarsh Township, the property owner and developer retained Marc D. Jonas, Esq., to secure land use approvals for a development of townhouses and single family homes. Mr. Jonas, with the assistance of Michael E. Peters, Esq., first obtained approval of an amendment to the township zoning map to accommodate the proposed townhouses and then zoning hearing board approval, followed by conditional use approval from the township board of supervisors to permit the proposed townhouses. The land development process took a significant step forward last week when the township planning commission recommended that the township grant preliminary land development approval and the requested waivers.

Among his notable accomplishments, Marc Jonas was named 2017 Lawyer of the Year for Land Use and Zoning Law in the Philadelphia area, by Best Lawyers in America®. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Mr. Jonas is recognized as a Leader in Real Estate/Land Use law by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. His peers have recognized him as a Pennsylvania “Super Lawyer,” and he has been selected repeatedly by U.S. News as a “Best Lawyer” in both Land Use and Zoning Law and Land Use and Zoning litigation for the Philadelphia Metropolitan area.

Mr. Peters represents commercial and residential clients before zoning hearing boards and municipal governing bodies in land development and zoning matters. He has appeared in courts of common pleas throughout the Commonwealth and Commonwealth Court in land use and municipal law litigation and appeals. Mr. Peters is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University and The George Washington University Law School.

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