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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

Recycling an Idea to Fund Infrastructure Improvements

by Nossaman LLP on

Among other policy initiatives, the Trump Administration has advocated for the need to improve the nation’s infrastructure in order to maintain America’s economic competitiveness. In its recently released 2018 proposed...more

Dan Bailey Testifies Before Massachusetts Legislature on House Bill No. 1112, “An Act Improving Housing Opportunities and the...

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

The Massachusetts Legislature is considering a bill that seeks to reform zoning law and simplify the process for developers to build housing. Pierce Atwood real estate partner Daniel J. Bailey appeared on behalf of the...more

Changes in Real Estate legislation in Russia

by Dentons on

Quarter 1 of 2017 - Amendments to the federal laws - RF Government Resolution No. 1357 On Approval of the Regulation on the Adoption by a Regional Cultural Heritage Site Protection Authority of a Decision Providing for...more

Additional Opportunity for Increased Extension of Building Permits and Development Orders

Due to Governor Scott’s recent expansion of the State of Emergency issued for the Zika Virus, holders of permits and development orders have another opportunity to toll the period remaining to exercise rights under the permit...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: March 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Gov. Brown Opposes Measure S - In a statement published less than two weeks before Los Angeles' Consolidated Municipal and Special Elections to be held on March 7, 2017, California Gov. Jerry Brown came out in opposition...more

Alert: Massachusetts Property Tax Alert

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

On August 9, 2016, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed The Municipal Modernization Act – An Act to Modernize Municipal Finance and Government – H. 4565, which was effective as of November 7, 2016, unless otherwise...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: January 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Proposed Landmark Rules Could Make LA Redevelopment More Difficult - Los Angeles City Council Member Jose Huizar has proposed a new set of rules that could make it more difficult for owners of historic properties in Los...more

Transient Occupancy (Hotel) Taxes May be Limited by Ruling

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

California public agencies that impose transient occupancy (hotel) taxes may be limited in the tax they can collect from online transactions. The California Supreme Court on Monday ruled that TOT are limited to the...more

Is There Practical Evidence of Climate Change?

by Burr & Forman on

A recent article in The New York Times titled: Perils of Climate Change Could Swamp Coast Real Estate, indicates that rising seas and storm-related flooding in Florida appear to be driven by climate change and may be having...more

They Did What? Fire Sprinkler Industry Stunned by North Carolina Legislature’s Mistake in Removing Licensing Board’s Authority to...

North Carolina’s legislature mistakenly removed the authority for the State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating, and Fire Sprinkler Contractors (“State Board”) to issue certain crucial industry licenses. On July 1, 2016,...more

A Plethora of Propositions: Real Estate Tax, Land Use and Governance on the San Francisco Ballot

Admittedly the issues may appear benign compared to the Presidential race and the drugs, sex and other provocative topics on the state ballot. But San Francisco voters again face a long list of significant local propositions...more

Luxembourg Real Estate - Legal Developments

by Dentons on

This brief report provides a summary of the most recent Luxembourg legal developments that currently affect and will be affecting real estate practitioners throughout 2017....more

Oh, What Schemes of Glory This Business of Gambling Gives Birth To

by PretiFlaherty on

Article 48, an amendment to the Massachusetts constitution adopted in 1918, states that “the people reserve to themselves the popular initiative, which is the power of a specified number of voters to submit constitutional...more

Illinois House Revenue Committee Holds Hearing on Vacancy Fraud Act

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

While overall there is little activity in the General Assembly, the House Revenue Committee is meeting today for a hearing on an interesting piece of property tax legislation. The hearing is on HB4363, which would create the...more

New 2016 Laws Impacting Commercial Real Estate in Virginia

by Sands Anderson PC on

Another session of Virginia’s General Assembly has now come and gone, adding one more chapter to the nearly four hundred year history of the country’s oldest law-making body. Over three thousand bills were proposed in the...more

Is Redevelopment Quietly About to Grow in California?

by Nossaman LLP on

Redevelopment has quite the lengthy history in California. Yet it has generally been “All Quiet on the Western Front” since redevelopment agencies were abolished in 2011 as part of Governor Brown’s plan to fix the state’s...more

Enacting and Enforcing Local Ordinances to Prohibit Medical Marijuana Dispensaries – Up in Smoke?

by Miller Starr Regalia on

California’s cities and counties have a long and growing track record successfully defending challenges to their land use authority filed on behalf of medical marijuana dispensaries. These successes are largely a product of...more

Colorado Governor Signs Bill Allowing District Activity to Proceed

Yesterday, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law SB 16-211, which protects the most common tool for financing and constructing improvements necessary to serve new and existing development – districts formed under...more

New Kansas Act Allows Relief for Purchase of Contaminated Property

by Lathrop Gage on

On May 9, 2016, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed into law the Contaminated Property Redevelopment Act (the “Act”). The goal of this Act is to allow purchasers in Kansas to acquire real property with pre-existing...more

Hillsborough County Adopts Mobility Fees, Ends Push for Transportation Sales Tax

by Carlton Fields on

As we previewed in our prior update, Hillsborough County settled part of a years-long debate over transportation funding by adopting a mobility fees ordinance, but on the very next day, by a 4-3 vote, decided against putting...more

Amendments to real estate legislation - Quarter 1 of 2016

by Dentons on

Amendments to federal laws - Federal Law No. 431-FZ dated 30 December 2015 “On Geodesics, Cartography and Spatial Data and on Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation” The law under...more

Mayor Emanuel introduces ordinance modifying Chicago’s downtown district boundaries and bonus structure

by DLA Piper on

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has introduced an ordinance to the Chicago City Council that makes transformative changes to the Downtown districts and available floor area bonuses. The following is a summary of some of the...more

Montgomery County Subdivision Regulations Rewrite

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

In 2014 Montgomery County adopted a comprehensive amendment to its zoning ordinance and now it embarks on the process of rewriting its subdivision regulations. Subdivision regulations facilitate the planning authority of...more

Land Use Advisory: Revised Citywide Building Moratorium Initiative Proposed for March 2017 Los Angeles Ballot

by Alston & Bird on

As you may have heard this week, proponents of a Los Angeles citywide building moratorium voter initiative known as the “Neighborhood Integrity Initiative” have withdrawn an initiative initially proposed for the November 2016...more

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