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U.S. Supreme Court: Federal Nexus And Proportionality Analysis Applies To Land Use Permitting Fees And To Both Denial And Granting...

A Florida landowner seeking a permit to develop part of a wetlands property offered a conservation easement on the undeveloped portion of the parcel to the local water management district. The district indicated it would not...more

7/15/2013 - Dolan v City of Tigard Fifth Amendment Koontz v St John's River Water Management Land Developers Nexus Nollan v California Coastal Commission Permits Rough Proportionality Test SCOTUS Takings Wetlands

Court Of Appeal Upholds City’s Ban On Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

A cooperative corporation that operates a nonprofit medical marijuana collective challenged city ordinances that ban medical marijuana dispensaries. The court of appeal held that the ordinances are not preempted by the...more

4/9/2013 - Compassionate Use Act Local Ordinance Medical Marijuana Medical Marijuana Program Act Municipalities Permits Preemption

No Need To Address Adjacent Project In EIR Because Projects Are Separate, Have Different Proponents, And Serve Different Purposes

A city certified an environmental impact report (“EIR”) for development of a park. A conservancy group claimed the city wrongly defined the project to exclude a residential and commercial development project that was pending...more

1/28/2013 - CEQA Environmental Impact Report Permits Project Definition

City Erred In Certifying Environmental Impact Report That Misdescribed Project’s Objectives

In a case demonstrating the importance of a well-crafted statement of objectives, the appellate court held that a city erred in certifying a final environmental impact report (“EIR”) and approving a project because the EIR...more

1/23/2013 - Appeals CEQA Environmental Impact Report Permits Project Objectives Reversal

Flood Control District Wins Dispute Over Discharge Of Storm Water That Flows Through Improved Portions Of Navigable Waterways

In its most recent foray into the meaning of the Clean Water Act, the Supreme Court has answered the fundamental question: “Does a ‘discharge of pollutants’ occur when polluted water flows from one portion of a river that is...more

1/21/2013 - Clean Water Act Discharge of Pollutants Los Angeles County Flood Control District Permits SCOTUS Storm Water

City May Not Settle Litigation By Negotiating Away Police Powers; Permits Issued Pursuant To Such Settlement Are Invalid

In Summit Media, LLC v. City of Los Angeles (--- Cal.Rptr.3d ----, Cal.App. 2 Dist., December 10, 2012), a California court of appeal considered a challenge to a settlement of a lawsuit between outdoor advertising companies...more

12/29/2012 - Advertising Appeals Local Ordinance Permits Settlement Signs

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