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Bellevue’s Downtown Livability Initiative

Nearly five years after the Bellevue City Council commenced the Downtown Livability Initiative, the Council brought the initiative full circle by unanimously adopting a substantially revised, 190-page downtown land use code....more

Osceola County Proposes Development Moratorium of Three to Six Months to Implement Changes to Land Use Standards

On Monday, October 16, 2017, the Osceola County Board of County Commissioners voted (4-1) to direct County staff to draft a moratorium ordinance that would postpone County approval of new development applications for three to...more

California Building Owners and Contractors: Act before January 1, 2018, to Minimize Risks of Non-Paying Subcontractors

by Allen Matkins on

This past weekend Governor Brown signed AB 1701, a bill that requires direct contractors to pay any wages, fringe benefits, or other benefit payments or contributions owed by a defaulting subcontractor, plus interest. This...more

9th Edition Massachusetts State Building Code Approved With Concurrency Period

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

The long-awaited 9th Edition of the Massachusetts State Building Code has been approved by the Massachusetts State Board of Building Regulations and Standards and filed with the Secretary of State, to become effective on...more

Sustainable Development Update - October 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Green building rapidly becoming established part of home construction Proud Green Building - Sep 28 - Green construction is rapidly gaining traction among both single family and...more

Vineyard buyer's fraud claim dying on the vine

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Sellers of a vineyard were exonerated of a claim for fraud because they “could not be held liable for nondisclosure in the absence of evidence they had actual knowledge of the facts to be disclosed.” In Opinion - RSB...more

Podcast Episode 9 - Special Use Properties and the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of...

by Locke Lord LLP on

Locke Lord LLP’s Eminent Domain team hosts an original podcast series. In Episode 9, I share a recent presentation regarding valuation of special use properties. During that presentation, I also touched upon the little...more

Expanded ARO pilot program poised for Chicago City Council approval

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Earlier this week, after a four-hour hearing, the Chicago City Council’s Committee on Housing and Real Estate recommended approval of a three-year pilot initiative to expand and modify the City of Chicago’s Affordable...more

Business Succession for Real Estate Companies

Planning for a business succession – sale or transition of a business to new owners – is as important as planning for business formation or business operations. In our experience, however, planning for business succession is...more

Federal Banking Agencies Propose New Approach to Capital Treatment for Acquisition, Development, and Construction Loans

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On September 27, 2017, the three federal banking agencies (the “Agencies”) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPR”), which proposes changes to certain aspects of the bank capital rules under the “standardized...more

Washington Mechanic’s Liens: How Recent Changes Impact Contractors

Construction contracting is a complex business. Whether you are the owner, contractor, or general contractor on a project, your attention must shift between numerous moving parts, regulatory requirements, and deadlines as the...more

Is There a Silver Lining with Hurricane Irma?

by Wilson Elser on

On September 10-11, 2017, Florida was pounded by Hurricane Irma. It appears that only northwest Florida was spared the wrath of this storm. Landfall occurred near Cudjoe Key in south Florida and for the next 24 hours the...more

Limiting water depletion in water stressed South Africa through sustainable construction activities

by Dentons on

The South African construction industry is known to be a major consumer of non-renewable resources. Naturally, this contributes to waste generation, air pollution, water deletion and landfill. One such example is the...more

P3 Contracting and Risk: An Introduction to Public-Private Partnerships for U.S. Transactions

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Public-private partnerships (P3s) continue to attract favorable political and media attention, particularly as public entities search for solutions to the infrastructure crisis facing U.S. states and local governments. While...more

Florida Development Permits Eligible for Extension Due to Hurricane Irma

by Holland & Knight LLP on

A permit and development order extension opportunity is available as a result of the threat posed to Florida by the recent Hurricane Irma. Holders of certain development orders can request at least an additional six months to...more

Hurricane Recovery Contractors Beware

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The level of devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in Texas and Florida, respectively, is estimated to have caused $150-200 billion in damages. With this devastation comes a multibillion-dollar recovery effort that...more

Connecticut Makes Favorable Changes to its Commercial PACE Financing Program

On July 11, 2017, the Connecticut General Assembly enacted H.B. 7208 (“Revised C-PACE Statute”) to make several minor changes to the existing statute governing the State’s commercial property assessed clean energy (or...more

Podcast Episode 8 – When the Government Decides to Flood Your Property, Is There a Claim? With Derrick Carson of Locke Lord LLP,...

by Locke Lord LLP on

Locke Lord LLP’s Eminent Domain team hosts an original podcast series. Derrick Carson, Partner in Locke Lord's Houston office, joins us in Episode 8 to discuss Hurricane Harvey, the flooding in Houston and southeast...more

The Texas Tree Mitigation Fee Credit Bill is Resurrected from the Dead

by Jackson Walker on

Many developers must remove existing trees in order to build new homes or buildings. Some cities have required developers to pay fees, known as tree mitigation fees, as a condition for permitting the removal of the trees....more

Avoiding the Storm After the Storm - 10 Things the Construction Industry Should Do Right Now to Move Projects Forward After Harvey...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma once again have forced the construction industry to focus on best practices for responding to force majeure events. Now is the time to put into action an effective recovery plan with the aim of...more

Builder's Risk Insurance: Resurrecting the Project After the Storm - Best Practices for Securing Coverage for Project and Claim...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• Catastrophic storms such as Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma invariably cause property damage, schedule delays and other "soft costs" when they hit during a project's construction. • Owners and contractors engaged in...more

Are Contractor Joint Ventures the Next Development in Development?

by Reed Smith on

The construction industry is witness to some fascinating developments, particularly around trophy properties in prime US coastal cities. Within the US –and California particularly- we’re seeing a large number of reputable,...more

Virginia’s Tourism Development Financing Program Gains Steam Around the State

by Williams Mullen on

The unique financing alternative afforded to tourism project developers under Virginia Code Section 58.1-3851.1 creates exciting opportunities for growth in tourism and resort areas throughout the state. The expected...more

Richmond’s Master Plan Update: A Rare Opportunity for the Real Estate Development Industry

by Williams Mullen on

On July 18, 2017, the City of Richmond formally initiated an update to the City-wide Master Plan, which it named “Richmond 300: A Guide for Growth”. Intended as a roadmap for the City’s development over the next 25 years, the...more

Handling Assignment of Benefit ("AOB") Claims in the Wake of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey

Hurricanes Irma and Harvey have damaged large areas of Florida, Texas, and Louisiana, as well as brought heavy rain and wind to Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. As insurers handle thousands of property damage...more

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