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Courts Continue to Reject Claims That Reasonable Reliance on Public Agency Representations Establishes an Entitlement to an...

Property owners should not rely on courts to uphold equitable estoppel claims against local agencies to establish an entitlement to an existing use of property. Under the doctrine of equitable estoppel, a public agency may be...more

Doin' the Deed: State Conveys 300 Acres of Urban Property to City of Raleigh

We've blogged in the past about the political saga between the City of Raleigh and the State of North Carolina over the Dorothea Dix property in downtown Raleigh, a 300-plus acre piece of lovely real estate. And you thought...more

Recent Developments in Retrofit Liability of Publicly Accessible Properties

If you own or invest in an older, publicly accessible property that does not comply with new regulations, you may be at risk of substantial liability. Retrofitting older properties to comply with new legal requirements and...more

One-Stop Shopping in Financial District Should Include Buying Medicinal Pot

When the Boston Zoning Board of Appeals meets next on August 4, I hope it votes to approve a permit sought by a medical marijuana dispensary to open a retail outlet at 21 Milk Street in the Financial District. It's not...more

Lujo y cultura detrás del crecimiento de Miami como un destino para los más ricos

La ciudad de Miami sigue figurando como uno de los destinos mundiales principales para los extremadamente ricos. Según el Informe anual sobre la riqueza (The Wealth Report) de Knight Frank de 2015, Miami ocupa el sexto lugar...more

Hostel Takeover: Part One

On our New Miami blog we often talk about Miami’s role as a trendsetting market for the hospitality industry. Over the last few years, Miami has been a popular launching point for luxury brands, such as The Thompson Miami...more

Miami-Dade County Proposed Budget Confirms Dedication To P3s

Last week Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez introduced the County’s FY 2015-16 Proposed Budget and Multi-Year Capital Plan. A review of the budget’s line items confirms the County’s dedication to the use of...more

CT Law of the Land

Week of July 6 - In June 2015, the Connecticut Appellate Court issued two significant land use decisions summarized below. In the first decision the Court analyzed when a town’s zoning regulation might be deemed void...more

Ninth Circuit Holds Critical Habitat Designations Not Subject to Cost-Benefit Analysis

In Building Industry Association of the Bay Area v. U.S. Department of Commerce, a decision with significant implications for property owners, the building industry, and the development community at large, the U.S. Court of...more

EPA Issues Vapor Intrusion Guidance

Vapor Intrusion (“VI”) is the migration of vapors from contamination in the ground into overlying buildings and structures. It’s no secret that regulatory agencies have increased their focus on VI over the last decade. ...more

Fourth District Holds Losing CEQA Plaintiff’s Mooted Appeal Was Not “Catalyst” To City’s Revocation Of Project Entitlements After...

In an opinion filed June 8, and ordered published on July 6, 2015, the Fourth Appellate District Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court’s judgment denying a CEQA plaintiff’s motion for attorneys’ fees under CCP § 1021.5,...more

High Standard for Invoking Equitable Estoppel Against the Government Reaffirmed

Schafer v. City of Los Angeles; Triangle Center, LLC, Real Party in Interest (6/17/2015, 3d Civil No. E059133) The California Court of Appeal, Second District, recently re-affirmed the heightened standard for invoking...more

Addressing Environmental Issues in Real Estate Development

Dealmakers sometimes overlook environmental issues when negotiating transactions, leaving important business and legal issues unaddressed until they inevitably pop up shortly before closing and send everyone scrambling. This...more

Neighbors’ Noise Complaints Trigger EIR

Keep Our Mountains Quiet v. County of Santa Clara - Why It Matters: The Sixth District Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court’s holding that preparation of an EIR was required for the approval of a use permit to allow...more

New Application Process Takes Effect for New York Brownfield Cleanup Program, Additional Regulations Pending

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has announced that as of July 1, 2015, the reformed New York State Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) became effective. NYSDEC transitioned to a new...more

RLUIPA Suit Looms After Controversial Connecticut Church Denial

The Danbury Zoning Board of Appeals denied a church’s application for variances to develop an 18-acre parcel with a house of worship and priest residence. Now, Danbury could join the list of Connecticut municipalities that...more

Questions and Answers About Nonconforming Uses Under Pennsylvania Zoning Law

A nonconforming use may continue, and a nonconforming structure may stand, despite their current status of being in violation of a zoning ordinance. What is a nonconforming use? A nonconforming use is a land use...more

IRWA Professionals Keenly Interested in Design-Build Issues

Identifying and allocating the risks associated with right-of-way acquisition in design-build projects was a hot topic for the standing-room only crowd at last week’s annual Education Conference of the International Right of...more

Spot Assessment Stricken

A divided panel of The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania held that a reassessment of property upon the expiration of a KOZ abatement was an unlawful spot assessment. Duke Energy Fayette II, LLC v. Fayette County Board of...more

Transit Dis-Oriented Development?

Over the last decade-and-a-half, Massachusetts, particularly eastern Massachusetts, has begun to truly embrace the tenets of transit oriented development (TOD). After some fits and starts, our state, once viewed as somewhat...more

The Onus of Owning: Recent Reduction in ‘Minor Privilege’ Fees in Baltimore City

One of the onuses (and irritants) of owning a building in Baltimore is the City’s imposition of fees for so-called “minor privileges.” What is a minor privilege? A minor privilege is a grant by the City of the right to use...more

Another REIT Ruling by the IRS – This Time, Billboards

The IRS has released yet another private letter ruling (Letter 201522002) in the REIT area. This time, the IRS addressed the REIT treatment of income from the rental of outdoor advertising space (i.e., billboards). At issue...more

(US) Revised Phase I Environmental Standards Will Impact Property Acquisitions this Fall

The All Appropriate Inquiries Rule (the “AAI Rule”), set forth at 40 CFR Part 312, serves as a benchmark protocol for inspecting a property’s environmental condition. If the benchmark is met, a prospective purchaser can be...more

Court Upholds Plan to Eliminate Vehicles from Balboa Park Complex

In Save Our Heritage Organisation v. City of San Diego, et al. (No. D063992, filed 5/28/15), the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District upheld a controversial plan to eliminate vehicles from various...more

Development in Areas Prone to Flooding

Development in flood prone areas is regulated by a combination of federal, state and local regulations to reduce the possibility of loss of life and property, and to reduce the cost associated with development and rebuilding...more

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