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Condemnation Risk Planning: Denial Is Not A Strategy

In the past, few Puget Sound property owners or their business tenants would have given a moment’s thought to identifying contingencies for the prospect of a condemnation. Today’s environment is very different. Sound Transit...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

Court dodges "Drone Slayer"

by DLA Piper on

A recent decision in the infamous "Drone Slayer" case answers some questions relating to the role federal courts will play as individuals seek to vindicate their property and privacy rights against UAS operators. But at the...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: February 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Los Angeles, Seattle Top List of Best Markets for Multifamily Investment - Marcus & Millichap's 2017 National Multifamily Index (NMI) ranks Los Angeles and Seattle first and second, respectively, among 46 major domestic...more

Draft Airports NPS takes off…

by Hogan Lovells on

On 2 February 2017 the Government published its highly anticipated draft Airports National Policy Statement (“NPS”) alongside a consultation on the contents of the draft NPS....more

West Coast Real Estate Update: November 2016 #1

by Holland & Knight LLP on

New Study Finds $6.7 Billion of Private Investment Along Foothill Gold Line - According to a new study, the extension of the light rail line east of Los Angeles, known as the Foothill Gold Line, has attracted billions...more

Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) Continue to Gain Momentum

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Although the public-private partnership (P3) model was used to provide most public infrastructure and services until the early 20th Century, for the past several decades, P3s were few and far between in this country....more

Classic Private Property Rights and Public Coffers

In April 2014, we posted a blog discussing the North Carolina Supreme Court’s opinion in Beroth Oil v. NCDOT, 367 N.C. 33, 757 S.E. 2d 466 (2014). (See here) In that post, we compared high frequency stock market trading and...more

Oakley to Condemn Century-Old Building for Street Widening Project

by Nossaman LLP on

As cities become more dense and urbanized, it is common for infrastructure to get outdated or insufficient to handle increased demand. We see this with roads, highways, schools, and even utilities. When new infrastructure...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

Montgomery County Subdivision Staging Policy Revamped

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

The Montgomery County Planning Board of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (“Planning Board”) is updating the Subdivision Staging Policy (“SSP”). We anticipate practical and innovation changes will be...more

Major Takeaways from American Planning Association’s National Conference

Several R+C Land Use Group lawyers just returned from the American Planning Association’s National Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. The conference is a great opportunity to get together with planners from across the country,...more

The Sky is the Limit

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Miami’s ever-changing skyline is set for its biggest upgrade yet. With the Federal Aviation Administration’s recent decision to allow buildings in Miami to reach a height of 1,049 feet above sea level, One Brickell City...more

U.S. Supreme Court Steers Clear of Two Eminent Domain Cases

by Nossaman LLP on

In the last month, the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear appeals on two eminent domain-related cases. The first case, California Building Industry Association v. City of San Jose, is one we discussed last year....more

West Coast Real Estate Update: March 2016 #3

by Holland & Knight LLP on

California's High-Speed Rail May Not Be Financially Feasible - The California Legislature's analyst released a report stating that the high-speed rail system planned for California is not economically feasible. Several...more

Yucaipa Latest California City to Replace Stop Signs with Roundabouts

by Nossaman LLP on

We have seen a trend where local agencies are choosing to replace stop-sign and signal controlled intersections with roundabouts. The concept is not new; we see them throughout Europe and on the East Coast. But until...more

Después de que el polvo se asienta: Efectos sobre el desarrollo continuo en el sur de la Florida

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Decir que el mercado inmobiliario del sur de la Florida está “en auge” sería una sutileza. El masivo interés en el desarrollo por todo Miami y las ciudades que la rodean sigue aumentando. Para graficar cuán grande es este...more

Real Estate and Land Use - February 2016

New Draft CEQA Guidelines Evaluating Transportation Impacts—Level of Service No Longer Considered to Be an Environmental Impact - The Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR) was mandated by SB 743 in 2013 to...more

Updates to CEQA Guidelines for Transportation Impacts Analysis Under SB 743

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On January 20, 2016, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (“OPR”) released a revised draft of thresholds for measuring transportation impacts under the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”). These draft...more

Purple Line Continues to Move Forward

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

The Maryland Court of Appeals issued an opinion on January 22, 2016 holding in favor of Montgomery County, Maryland that the future Purple Line (the proposed light rail between Bethesda and New Carrollton that includes a stop...more

Menlo Park Grade Separations – On Track

by Nossaman LLP on

The City of Menlo Park is proceeding with two transportation projects. The first one, an undercrossing to separate bicycles and pedestrians from rail traffic at Middle Avenue, received the green light from the City Council...more

Top Ten Stories in California Construction for 2015

Cranes, cement trucks, and street closures seem to be everywhere these days, especially in city centers such as San Francisco and Los Angeles. After the meltdown of 2006, real estate development went into hibernation for...more

BIA Finalizes Reforms for Obtaining Rights of Way on Indian Lands

by WilmerHale on

On November 19, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) published a final rule that makes sweeping changes to the process for obtaining rights of way for proposed oil and gas pipelines, electric transmission lines, railroads,...more

Chicago Mayor Proposes Ordinance to Increase Transit-Oriented Development Near CTA, Metra Stops: 5 Key Changes, 2 Open Issues

by DLA Piper on

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has introduced an ordinance to the City Council that would put in place key changes to the zoning ordinance’s transit-oriented development (TOD) provisions. The following summarizes five of the...more

Miami-Dade County Proposed Budget Confirms Dedication To P3s

by Bilzin Sumberg on

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

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