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EPA's Concern Over TCE Vapor Intrusion Is Misguided

On July 9, 2014, the Director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Superfund Division in Region 9 issued a memo to staff setting an “operational framework” to address “inhalation exposures [to trichloroethylene] in...more

EPA Proposes to Eliminate Dual Standard for “All Appropriate Inquires” under CERCLA

EPA Proposes Rule to eliminate the dual standard for compliance with the “All Appropriate Inquiries” requirement for the Innocent Purchaser, Bona Fide Prospective Purchaser and Contiguous Property Owner Defenses to CERCLA....more

Pennsylvania Real Property Tax Appeal Update: Pennsylvania’s 2015 Real Property Assessment Appeal Deadlines Are on the Horizon

For 66 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, the 2015 real property tax appeal deadlines fall between August 1 and the first Monday of October 2014. The current annual deadlines are as follows...more

EPA Proposes Change to Environmental Due Diligence Rule For Property Transactions

For the second time in a year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed to amend the “all appropriate inquiry” rule under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). ...more

EPA Proposes to Amend All Appropriate Inquiries Rule to Remove References to 2005 ASTM Standard for Phase 1 Assessments

Yesterday, the EPA published for comment notice of its intent to amend the “All Appropriate Inquiries Rule,” 40 CFR part 312, to remove references to ASTM E1527-05 “Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase...more

EPA Proposes Elimination of ASTM Phase I ESA Standard E1527-05 from CERCLA All Appropriate Inquiries Rule

The EPA has announced a proposal to amend the “All Appropriate Inquiries Rule” for conducting environmental site investigations of potentially contaminated property. The proposed amendment will eliminate ASTM E1527-05...more

UPDATE*: Understanding Philadelphia Zoning Law

Moving a project through the Philadelphia zoning process can seem like a daunting task – even after Philadelphia entirely revamped its zoning code. This article will familiarize applicants with the zoning process and help...more

The Registrar is Changing the Game for Complaints Against Arizona Contractors

Sweeping changes at the Registrar of Contractors have the construction and real estate industries concerned and curious. The Registrar recently received some poor performance reports by the Auditor General and State...more

Philadelphia Creates Land Bank for City to Sell and Purchase Vacant Property

On January 13, 2014, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter signed into law Bill No. 130156-A, creating a municipal land bank for the city. With this law, Philadelphia became the largest U.S. city to adopt a land bank and joins...more

Legislative Changes to Maine’s TIF Statute Take Effect Oct. 9, 2013

What is Tax Increment Financing? - Maine’s municipal TIF statute is an economic development tool for municipalities. When a municipality designates a TIF district, the assessed value of property within the district...more

Waterfall Distributions for Investors – Bruce E. Methven

Managers who are organizing an investment funds....more

Massachusetts Smart Growth Zoning Reform Bill On Fast Track to Passage?

58 Legislators Pushing Comprehensive Zoning Reform Bill “Inclusionary Zoning” Provision May Expand Controversial 40B Law With “Smart Growth” advocates strongly behind them, a cadre of Beacon Hill lawmakers are pushing a...more

Hoku Lele, LLC v. City and County of Honolulu

Opinion of the Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals

The Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals, in a unanimous panel opinion authored by Judge Foley, held that a "zoning verification" by the Director of the City and County's Department of Planning and Permitting is not a "action...more

Proposed “Homeless Person’s Bill Of Rights And Fairness Act” Will Have Huge Impact On Government And Business

California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act, Civil Code Section 51, generally provides that all persons within California are free and equal, regardless of their sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability,...more

Court of Appeal Grants Petition for Rehearing in School District Parcel Tax Case

The court of appeal in Borikas v. Alameda Unified School District (--- Cal.Rptr.3d ----, Cal.App. 1 Dist., December 6, 2012; re-hearing granted January 7, 2013) held that the school district did not have the authority to...more

Eighteen Counties Will Send Out Revaluation Notices in 2013

Counties in North Carolina are required to revalue real property every eight years; however, some counties chose to do so in shorter intervals. According to the North Carolina Department of Revenue, eighteen counties are set...more

Cook County property owners can cut property tax bills by filing a protest in 2013

Each year, the Cook County Assessor reassesses one-third of the nearly 1.8 million parcels in Cook County. For 2013, the 13 townships located in the north and northwest sections of Cook County will be reassessed starting in...more

District Council 50 of the Intn'l Union of Painters & Allied Trades v. Lopez

General Contractors Association of Hawaii's Amicus Curiae Brief in Support of Respondent/Defendant-Appellee

This case involves contractors' licensing and whether the holder of a specialty renovation license is entitled to do certain specialty renovation work as "incidental and supplemental" to that license. The Hawaii Intermediate...more

The ASTM Standard Practice for Phase II Environmental Site Assessments

Originally published in the Environment Reporter, 43 ER 3080, 11/30/2012. Phase II Site Assessments - This article reviews the background of the revised Phase II Environmental Site Assessment Standard issued in...more

U.S. EPA Issues New Guidance on Bona Fide Prospective Purchaser Defense for Tenants

The United States Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") released revised guidance on the applicability of the bona fide prospective purchaser ("BFPP") defense to tenants under the Comprehensive Environmental Response,...more

City May Adopt Housing Element Revisions Inconsistent With General Plan If City Also Adopts Timeline To Correct Inconsistencies

Recently, the Fourth District Court of Appeal in Friends of Aviara v. City of Carlsbad affirmed the trial court’s judgment directing the City of Carlsbad to adopt a timeline for proposed changes to its general plan that would...more

Resilient Masonry Buildings — Saving Lives, Livelihoods and the Livability of Oregon’s Historic Downtowns

Originally published in the Historic Preservation League of Oregon (“HPLO”) Special Report on October 25, 2012. The Purpose of the Preservation Roundtable; Why This Matters; Executive Summary; Background & Definition of...more

Rogers Towers: More Changes in Store for the Hud-1

Many of you will remember the sweeping revision of the venerable HUD-1 form which went into effect in 2010 as well as the hours of retraining that we all went through to understand it....more

New Jersey Property Owners Who Suffered Significant Damages as a Result of Hurricane Sandy May Be Entitled to Property Tax Relief

Any property owners in New Jersey who have suffered substantial damages to their real property as a result of Hurricane Sandy should be entitled to tax relief pursuant to New Jersey law. Specifically, N.J.S.A. 54:4-35.1...more

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