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Kentlands Community Celebrates Milestone: Model of New Urbanism Marks 25th Anniversary

Posted June 18, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Kentland's community celebrates milestoneIt was more than 25 years ago that visionary developer Joe Alfandre, working with town planners Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk developed the vision for a new mixed-use community to be located on the unique Kent farm property in Gaithersburg, Maryland.  Miller, Miller & Canby attorney Jody Kline was then given the task of creating the legal framework for the innovative MXD zoning, with its sketch plan/schematic development plan/site plan process, that evolved into the award-winning “Kentlands” community.  Today, Kentlands is one of the oldest and most successful models for New Urbanism in the United States. Kentlands today consists of approximately 1,800 homes in the sub-neighborhoods or Districts of Gatehouse, Old Farm, Upper Lake, Middle Lake, Lower Lake, Tschiffely Square, Upper Hill, Middle and Lower Hill, Midtown, Lakeside, and Kentlands Bluff. Mr. Kline, along with Miller, Miller & Canby, joins the City of Gaithersburg in celebrating the 25th anniversary of Kentlands. For information on the many interesting forums, events and celebrations taking place during this 25th anniversary year, we encourage you to visit

Jody Kline joined Miller, Miller & Canby in 1974, has been a principal of the firm since 1981 and has served as head of the Land Development practice area since that time. Mr. Kline’s practice concentrates on land use, zoning and subdivision law in Montgomery County and he has represented clients in many of the County’s planning and economic development initiatives. His areas of expertise include zoning, special exception, subdivision, master planning, building permit issuance, and administrative and real estate matters related to land development. He represents private clients, non-profit entities and municipal corporations and agencies. He has qualified and testified in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County as an expert in land use and zoning law, and he has been a guest speaker at numerous professional seminars and conferences. Mr. Kline and Miller, Miller & Canby are the recipients of the Maryland State Planning Commission’s “Special Merit Award for Excellence for Residential Design” for their work in making Kentlands a reality.

Miller, Miller & Canby has represented businesses and property owners for over 65 years. Please feel free to contact Jody Kline or any of the land use attorneys with Miller, Miller and Canby for land planning and zoning guidance.  For more information, click here.

Click here to read Roger K. Lewis’ Washington Post feature on Kentland’s 25th Anniversary and its role in the emergence of New Urbanist development.