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CEQA News You Can Use - Vol. 2, Issue 2

Welcome to CEQA News You Can Use, a quarterly publication of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck Natural Resources lawyers. This publication is intended to provide quick, useful bites of CEQA news that we hope can be a resource...more

California Supreme Court Settles Split of Authority re Implied Dedication of Private Property to the Public

In a 2015 post on Money and Dirt, we reviewed a then-recent Court of Appeal decision, Scher v. Burke, and discussed the split of authority among California courts on the topic of “implied dedication” of private property to...more

Additional Opportunity to Extend Development Orders & Building Permits

Governor Scott recently expanded the previously declared State of Emergency issued for the Zika Virus, allowing holders of permits and development orders an even greater opportunity to toll the period remaining to exercise...more

This Little Light of Mine — Developments Affected by Rights to Light

by McGuireWoods LLP on

What right? What light? Whose right? Simply put, a right to light benefits the owners or occupiers of residential or commercial buildings and allows them to receive sufficient natural light through windows or apertures....more

Coming Soon - The City of Santa Barbara’s New Zoning Ordinance

On Tuesday, July 11, 2017, the Santa Barbara City Council will consider a new zoning ordinance for the city. If the council votes to introduce and subsequently adopt the new zoning ordinance (NZO), it will be effective 30...more

Real Estate and Land Use - California Supreme Court Restricts Implied Dedication Rule

Scher v. Burke (June 15, 2017, S230104) - Why It Matters: Many large private landowners record notices under the provisions of the Civil Code in order to ensure that public use of their property does not morph into an...more

U.S. Supreme Court Establishes New Test for Evaluating Property Rights Under the Takings Clause

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In Murr v. Wisconsin, No. 15-214, 2017 WL 2694699 (U.S.S.C. June 23, 2017), the U.S. Supreme Court, in a majority opinion by Justice Anthony Kennedy, addressed "one of the critical questions" in the law of regulatory takings:...more

Massachusetts Courts Issue Key Decisions Concerning Zoning and Anti-SLAPP Law

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Makes it Harder to Dismiss Lawsuits by Utilizing the “Anti-SLAPP” Statute - In Blanchard v. Steward Carney Hospital, SJC-12141 (May 23, 2017) (Slip Op.) the Massachusetts Supreme...more

SCOTUS Announces New Multi-Factor Test to Determine the Relevant Parcel in Regulatory Takings Cases

by Miller Starr Regalia on

On June 23, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States finally decided Murr v. Wisconsin, __ U.S. __ (2017) (Case No. 15-214), a case that addressed land use regulations that “merged” adjacent parcels (the first of which...more

Redefining the Denominator: Supreme Court Adopts New Test in Regulatory Taking Case 

In Murr v. Wisconsin, the US Supreme Court declined to find that a landowner's riverfront property was the subject of a regulatory taking. In a 5-3 decision, the majority adopted a new test for defining the bounds of the...more

2017 Legislative Update: New Laws Impacting Commercial Real Estate Clients

by Sands Anderson PC on

On July 1, 2017, new laws passed during the 2017 General Assembly session will go into effect in Virginia that may impact you as someone interested in commercial real estate. They run the gamut of issues touching on the real...more

It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s A Floating Zone

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

According to the American Planning Association, a “floating zone” is a zoning district that “delineates conditions” rather than the more traditional use classifications that are typically found on zoning maps. While a...more

Real Estate Investment in Africa: Is the Honeymoon Over?

by DLA Piper on

The environment for real estate investment in Africa contains a perplexing mix of positive and negative factors. This is quite apart from the obvious fact that, in a continent of 54 countries and wide variations in levels...more

Development Rights and Responsibility Agreements: The Give and Take of Development

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Under Maryland law, the rights of a land developer to develop property for commercial or residential uses generally do not “vest” until there is some visible, lawful, construction on the property. Of course, development of a...more

A Prevailing Party May Now Recover Attorney’s Fees in a Vested Rights Dispute

by Jackson Walker on

Chapter 245 of the Texas Local Government Code (the “Vested Rights Statute”), provides a regulatory scheme in which developers and the public may rely upon regulations of a regulatory agency in effect at the time an initial...more

NVM-koopovereenkomst in een nieuw jasje (Dutch)

by Dentons on

From 1 May 2017, the NVM will use a new model purchase agreement. The new NVM purchase agreement contains a number of changes to the NVM purchase agreement from 2014. For a detailed explanation of the changes, the article of...more

Private Wealth - Chambers Global Practice Guide

by DLA Piper on

Since 2012, the transaction and building activity in the major cities of Denmark has been steadily increasing, and in 2016 this activity rose to the record levels seen before the financial crisis. Prices have also reached...more

What De Blasio’s Land Use Agenda Means for Brooklyn Real Estate Development

by Cozen O'Connor on

Even with all the development of the last 20 years, Brooklyn, the most populous of New York City’s five boroughs, now approaching 2.7 million residents, continues to attract strong interest from developers, each scouring the...more

Florida Changes Appraiser Licensing Law

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Florida has enacted a bill changing its appraiser licensing law. HB 927 includes changes advocated by the Appraisal Institute. The law defines an “evaluation” as a “valuation permitted by any federal financial institutions...more

Fourth District Holds Substantial Evidence Supports City of San Diego’s Rejection of MND and Denial of Minor Residential...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

In a short opinion filed May 17, 2017, and belatedly ordered published (for unknown reasons) just six days later, the Fourth District Court of Appeal reversed the trial court’s judgment granting a writ of mandate that set...more

Texas Considers Eminent Domain Bill

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Texas Senate approved an eminent domain bill intending to expand on current legislation. The bill’s author, State Senator Lois Kolkhorst, said “This bill is designed to build off of Senate Bill 18 six years later as we’ve...more

Courts Will Not Second-Guess Development Decisions When the Findings are Supported by Substantial Evidence

by Miller Starr Regalia on

On May 23,2017, the Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District granted a request to publish Kutzke v. City of San Diego, __ Cal. App. 5th __ (2017) (Case No. D070288), another opinion that shows the deference courts...more

Appellate Court Rejects CEQA Challenges to Development in Santa Ana - BB&K Team Represented City

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

In a decision that supports both history and progress, a California appellate court on Wednesday rejected several legal challenges to a residential project on a portion of a former orchard. Representing the City of Santa Ana,...more

Conservation Easement Opportunities: Protecting Natural Resources While Receiving Tax Savings

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Conservation easements may be a great example of "doing well by doing good." They help conserve fish and wildlife, clean water, natural habitats, historic properties, farmland, and timberland. They also provide other public...more

West Coast Real Estate Update - May 2017 - #3

by Holland & Knight LLP on

L.A. to Legalize Residential Units Previously Created in Violation of Building Code - On May 10, 2017, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved an ordinance that would permit previously unapproved dwelling...more

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