M. Ann Neil Cosby, Sands Anderson PC / Richmond
Ann Neil Cosby is a member of the firm's Government group, and is a founding member of the firm's Environmental and Regulatory Law and Land Use and Development Teams. Ann Neil represents localities, businesses and individuals on zoning, land use, environmental, utility and regulatory issues in legislative, administrative, judicial and quasi-judicial proceedings at the local, state and federal level. She assists clients in obtaining state and federal permits and with compliance and enforcement issues. She has litigated environmental, land use, and other cases throughout Virginia, in both state and federal court.
Ann Neil routinely assists clients in navigating zoning and subdivision requirements in jurisdictions throughout Virginia. She negotiates proffers and development conditions for municipal and private clients, and advises on growth management, land conservation, development rights, and related issues. She recently represented a Virginia county in its consideration and approval of a rezoning request for a project encompassing approximately 1,059.3 acres, and proposed for development as a mixed use, transit oriented development that incorporated form based and new urbanist zoning principles. She has represented land owner stakeholders in power line routing cases before the SCC, and has represented local governments in utility cases involving telecommunications companies, water, and wastewater utilities before the SCC as well.
John W. Farrell, McCandlish Lillard / Fairfax
John W. Farrell has over 30 years of experience before county supervisors, planning commissions and boards of zoning appeals in matters of real estate development, land use and environmental regulation, including rezoning, site plan and wetlands approvals. He has represented landowners and developers in innumerable land use and environmental cases and controversies including comprehensive planning, infrastructure financing and bonding and microbial, asbestos and lead contamination issues. Among those John has represented are the applicant in the largest rezoning ever filed in Northern Virginia which included 26 million square feet of nonresidential space and 2,266 dwelling units. He also represented dozens of plaintiff/landowners in both the Fairfax County C & I and Loudoun County down-zoning litigation.
John’s experience on behalf of lenders and borrowers in transactions involving real estate acquisition, construction and development loans is extensive. This representation has included the acquisition, development, leasing and sale of mixed-use communities, condominium and residential projects, commercial and retail properties, the sale of REO, negotiation of workouts, and foreclosure of non-performing loans.
John’s environmental law and regulatory background is considerable and includes matters involving lender liability, CERCLA, RCRA, Clean Air, asbestos, lead, underground storage tanks, wetlands regulation and the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act.
Jennifer Johnson, Joyce Engineering, Inc / Richmond
Jenny Johnson has 24 years of experience in environmental services and environmental law. Employed at Joyce Engineering for the past 16 years, she has managed environmental compliance programs, including facility permitting; groundwater and stormwater monitoring; and groundwater and soil remediation. Jenny serves a client base composed of local governments, industries, private sector companies and regional authorities and recently assisted in the development of Local VSMPs for 14 Virginia localities. She served on the Virginia DCR Construction General Permit Regulatory Advisory Panel (RAP) as well as on the 2010-2011 RAP for the amendment of the Virginia Stormwater Management Program Permit Regulations. Ms. Johnson holds a B.A. in History from Williams College and an M.S. in Environmental Science and Engineering from the Oregon Graduate Institute of Science and Technology.
Carlton “Lee” Hill, Joyce Engineering, Inc. / Richmond
Lee Hill joined Joyce Engineering after 34 years with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), where he was the Assistant Division Director of Stormwater Management Programs. His responsibilities included statewide implementation of the Erosion and Sediment Control and Stormwater Management Programs, which included Construction General Permits and MS4 Permits. He has extensive experience evaluating stormwater management plans as well as BMP selection and design. Lee provided significant assistance to localities in evaluating stormwater problems and recommending solutions to flooding and erosion issues. He assisted in the development of Local VSMPs for 14 Virginia localities, which included providing training on stormwater management principles and regulations. He currently conducts E&S and SWM Plan reviews for two Virginia localities.