Leila Batties is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., office and a member of the firm's Real Estate Section. Ms. Batties focuses on land use and zoning matters, representing clients in numerous aspects of the real estate development process. She regularly appears before the District of Columbia's Zoning Commission, Board of Zoning Adjustment and City Council to secure approvals for planned unit developments, zoning map amendments, site plan approvals, special exceptions, variances, and street and alley closings. She has handled several applications for approval and processing of campus plans and text amendments to the Zoning Regulations. Ms. Batties also issues zoning opinion letters and negotiates of land disposition agreements, easements and covenants. She often assists clients through the permitting and the subdivision process.
Ms. Batties has served as zoning counsel for numerous mixed-use projects transforming the District of Columbia's emerging neighborhoods, including several developments on property owned by the District of Columbia and owned by Howard University. In addition to residential uses, she has experience with grocery stores and other retail uses, hospitals, student housing and other university uses, as well as animal boarding and veterinary hospitals.
Ms. Batties' client representations include the reuse and redevelopment of a 13-acre parcel within the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center Campus. Also, she is a mayoral appointee to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Community Advisory Committee, which advises the master developer and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) on the redevelopment and reuse of the 60 acres of the Walter Reed campus acquired by the District of Columbia.
In 2016, Ms. Batties was appointed to the Ward 7 Economic Development Advisory Council, for which she took the lead on coordinating several amendments to the District's Comprehensive Plan - Future Land Use Map intended to facilitate economic development along the ward's primary corridors. Ms. Batties has also worked on several development projects in the ward, including several advancing the New Communities Initiative for the DMPED and the first phase of Hill East.
From 2010 to 2015, Ms. Batties served on the board of directors for the DC Housing Finance Agency, including a term as vice chair. From 2015 to 2016, she served on the board of directors for the MedStar Washington Hospital Center, the largest private, not-for-profit hospital in the nation's capital. Ms. Batties regularly lectures on land use and zoning issues. She was an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland in College Park for three years, teaching a course on the redevelopment of urban areas.
Ms. Batties is an active member of Jack and Jill of America Inc., a national member organization of mothers aimed at developing and nurturing children through learning programs, community service, legislative advocacy and philanthropic giving. Ms. Batties was the president of the Washington, D.C., Chapter of Jack and Jill from 2012 to 2014, and chairperson of the Eastern Region's Community Service Committee from 2015 to 2017.
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