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Courts Must Defer to Agency Determination on Whether a Changed Project is a New Project

In Friends of the College of San Mateo Gardens v. San Mateo County Community College District (Supreme Court No. S214061, filed Sept. 19, 2016), the California Supreme Court resolved the vexing question of whether a change to...more

Illinois House Revenue Committee Holds Hearing on Vacancy Fraud Act

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

The North Carolina Landowner Protection Act: Encouraging Access for Hunters, Trappers, and Other Outdoor Enthusiasts

If you are a private landowner in North Carolina, you may not be aware that you owe a certain duty of care not only to people who have permission to be on your property, but also to those who do not, and that your duty to...more

Developer Awarded Cost of Preparing Administrative Record in CEQA Lawsuit

Lawsuits under the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) typically proceed as petitions for administrative mandamus. This means the petitioner is asking the court to review an agency’s decision and ultimately issue a...more

California Supreme Court Rejects “New Project” Argument

Friends of the College of San Mateo Gardens v. San Mateo County Community College District (No. S214061, September 19, 2016) - Why It Matters: As land developers and investors know all too well, so-called...more

Final Regulations Clarify the Definition of “Real Property” Under the REIT Rules

On August 31, 2016, the Treasury Department published final regulations (the “Final Regulations”) clarifying the definition of “real property” under the real estate investment trust (“REIT”) rules. The Final Regulations...more

North Carolina Supreme Court Gives Easement Holders 20 Years to Challenge Encroachments

On August 19, 2016, the North Carolina Supreme Court issued a decision that will benefit all companies that own easements. Patrolling easements and clearing them of vegetation and structures can be very costly, but the...more

Real Estate and Land Use - August 2016 #3

Supreme Court Clarifies Valuation Rules on Potential for Future Exactions - City of Perris v. Stamper S217738 (Cal. Supreme Court, July 21, 2016) - Why it matters: The California Supreme Court reexamined the rules...more

New 2016 Laws Impacting Commercial Real Estate in Virginia

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

Four Challenges When Repurposing Office Campuses

Greenberg Glusker Real Estate partner Henry Finkelstein was quoted in a Law360 article published August 25, 2016, “4 Challenges When Repurposing Office Campuses,” (subs. required) about the challenges developers face in...more

Harford County Comprehensive Zoning

Harford County Executive Barry Glassman and the Harford County Council have initiated the 2017 Comprehensive Zoning review. During the Comprehensive Zoning review, any property in Harford County can be rezoned provided that...more

Wynn Just Bought a Bunch More Land in Everett and You Have to Wonder Why

At some point this past spring, casino mogul Steve Wynn acquired the weed-choked, old General Electric property in Everett for an undisclosed sum and an undisclosed purpose. I’m surprised this move has received so little...more

Municipal Condemnation of Privately Held Utilities Continues to be a Hot Issue, but at what Cost?

In January, I spoke at a conference in Austin about efforts by municipalities to condemn privately-held utility companies. At the time, I figured it would be a one-off presentation on a pretty niche issue, even for eminent...more

Sustainable Development Update - August 2016 #4

Sustainable Development Focus - Kilroy Realty Corp. takes sustainability seriously, with a green office vision that's evolving - San Francisco Business Times - Jul 28 - Kilroy Realty Corp. takes sustainability...more

Pubs & Planning Update - August 2016

Wandsworth Council has just taken the unprecedented step of issuing a non-immediate Article 4 Direction to withdraw permitted development rights relating to demolition, alteration and changes of use from 120 pub and bar sites...more

Scotland: The Assessment of Energy Performance of Non-domestic Buildings Regulations 2016 - Buildings on the market before 1...

The Assessment of Energy Performance of Non-domestic Buildings (Scotland) Regulations 2016 come into effect on 1 September 2016. From that date, owners of pre 2002 non-domestic buildings or "building units" in Scotland with a...more

Is Redevelopment Quietly About to Grow in California?

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

Sustainable Development Update - August 2016 #3

Sustainable Development Focus - Freddie Mac announces multifamily green building financing initiative - Energy Collective - Aug 13 - Freddie Mac announced last week their Multifamily Green Advantage program, a...more

California Supreme Court Addresses Intersection of City Right-of-Way Dedication Requirements and Project Influence in Valuing...

Just compensation in condemnation has long been held to require payment that is fair to both the property owner having its property seized and the public taking it. Two of the rules that have developed in this pursuit of...more

Judge Should Consider Constitutionality of a Dedication Requirement, Not the Jury

Every year or so, a new appellate court decision comes out addressing the proper role of the judge versus the jury on some certain eminent domain issue. Most recently, a trial court, appellate court and the California Supreme...more

Development on the Lake – Submerged Land Leases

Here along the North Coast of Lake Erie, some folks are fortunate enough to enjoy the features that come with living on the lakeshore. However, most people are largely unaware of the mechanism by which the State of Ohio...more

Pick Up the C-PACE – Montgomery County Opens its Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy Program

Property Assessed Clean Energy (“PACE”) programs are being adopted throughout the country at a rapid pace. In 2014, Maryland enacted legislation authorizing local governments to establish PACE programs. Subsequently,...more

“Shaking” Things Up: Seismic Risk Assessments

Returning to our theme that nothing’s easy and everything keeps changing, here is one out of left field. Let’s talk PML and seismic risk. ASTM International, the market standard setting organization for everything from toilet...more

Court Decisions Define the Future for Tribal Gaming

Definitions and syntax. Not only on middle school quizzes, but also what determined the fate of the Mashpee Wampanoag and Cowlitz tribal casinos in Massachusetts and Washington, respectively. Two federal court decisions...more

Virginia DEQ to Revise Risk Assessment Protocols

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (“DEQ”) is preparing to implement revised risk assessment protocols for many of its site cleanup programs. DEQ’s new approach is called the Virginia Unified Risk Assessment...more

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