LINTHICUM, MD (July 27, 2011) – Approximately 100 commercial real estate professionals attended the NAIOP Maryland “Commercial Real Estate Legislative and Regulatory Seminar,” which featured a series of six speakers who discussed various activities and topics addressed at the recent General Assembly session.

The event started with an overview of Commercial Real Estate issues in the 2011 General Assembly Session by Tom Ballentine, NAIOP Maryland’s Vice President for Policy. The morning topics included International Code Congress’ Green Building Code from Stuart Kaplow, Chair of USGBC Maryland; Chesapeake Bay Pollutant Caps (TMDL) from Richard A. Eskin, Director, Science Services Division, Maryland Department of the Environment; Permitting Implications for Development and Existing Facilities by Jay G. Sakai – Director, Water Management Administration, Maryland Department of the Environment; Nutrient Neutral Real Estate Development – TMDL Offsets and Nutrient Trading by John Rhoderick, Administrator, Resource Conservation Programs, Maryland Department of Agriculture and Growth Management in the TMDL ERA – Plan Maryland, Development Offsets and Nutrient Trading by Richard E. Hall, Maryland Secretary of Planning.

The featured speaker, Anirban Basu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Sage Policy Group, provided remarks on the economic impact of Maryland’s Total Maximum Daily Load implementation plan and its prospective cost to the industry, consumers and taxpayers.

NAIOP is the nation’s leading professional trade association for industrial, office, commercial and mixed-use real estate. NAIOP Maryland has more than 330 local members involved in land development, brokerage, finance, law, architecture and engineering.