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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

America’s Infrastructure Gets a D+

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has issued their 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, which assigns a letter grade to the nation’s infrastructure....more

Competing Inclusionary Housing Proposals Introduced at the Board of Supervisors

Is the City another step closer to sorting out inclusionary housing requirements and implementation of Proposition C? Board of Supervisors members have introduced two competing ordinances that seek to call the question...more

Infrastructure Plan Watch: Hearings, Meetings and a Speech… but no White House Proposal

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The roller coaster “infrastructure” ride in Washington, D.C. continues. With bi-partisan and broad stakeholder interest from both the public and private sector in an infrastructure plan, Congress continues to hold hearings...more

Trump’s Trillion Dollar Infrastructure Investment Promise

by Burr & Forman on

A Trillion Dollar infrastructure investment is a good start, even though it’s highly unlikely that Congress would pass a bill requiring such a large expenditure. No one studying the issue doubts that the nation could probably...more

Trump’s Border Wall: Will Eminent Domain Be National News Again?

by Nossaman LLP on

There has been a lot of news lately concerning President Trump’s desire to build a border wall. Many of the articles focus on the efficacy, costs and practical challenges of building the wall. But the discussions are also...more

President Trump’s Inauguration Signals a Potential Increase in Infrastructure Projects

When then-candidate Donald J. Trump first began making public statements about what would become his infrastructure plan back in August of 2016, observers were uncertain as to what exactly they could expect. Just before that...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

Senator Wiener Moves Quickly out of the Gate on Housing Bill

by Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass on

Shortly after being sworn in as California State Senator on Monday, former San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener introduced SB 35, placeholder legislation addressing barriers to housing production. The legislation currently...more

San Francisco Election Results: Which Real Estate Measures Passed?

by Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass on

Prior to the November 8 election, we reported on the long list of local propositions on the San Francisco ballot, including a number of measures impacting real estate taxes, land use and governance. The results were of...more

Who Will Inspect the Inspectors? Implications of Winkler v. State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating and Fire Sprinkler...

On September 20, 2016, certain construction trades entered into a Wild West era of deregulated inspection services. Inspections of already installed plumbing, heating and air conditioning, and fire sprinkler systems appear no...more

Voters Overwhelmingly Approve ‘Build Better LA’ Initiative Resulting in New Affordable Housing and Local Hiring Requirements For...

Voters this week approved Measure JJJ, otherwise known as the Build Better L.A. initiative (the “Initiative”), which establishes new labor and affordable-housing requirements for developers in Los Angeles seeking...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

California Adopts Measures Targeting Multifamily Residential Buildings for Water Conservation

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

In an effort to encourage water conservation throughout California, Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed a bill into law that will require the owner of any multi-unit residential development constructed after Jan. 1, 2018 to...more

California Governor Extends CEQA Litigation Streamlining Provisions for Large Projects Promoting Job Creation and Innovative...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Law Will Expedite Schedules for Qualified Projects - On Friday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill extending special California Environmental Quality Act litigation streamlining provisions for large,...more

Why Clinton and Trump’s Infrastructure Plans Leave Us Wanting More

It’s hard not to pick up your newspaper (or, more likely, your smart phone) and not get caught up reading about Donald Trump’s latest “did he really say that” statement or about the “less than personal” personal email account...more

UPDATE: New Fee for Affordable Housing Goes to Denver City Council Sept. 19

A bill proposing a new development impact fee for a permanent affordable housing fund moved on to the Denver City Council Wednesday.Bill No. 625, proposed by Mayor Michael Hancock and Councilmembers Robin Kniech and Albus...more

Louisiana Amends P3 Legislation Granting Authority to DOTD

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The State of Louisiana has passed a public-private partnership (P3) law to help alleviate a $12.7 billion backlog in highway and bridge maintenance and construction needs across the state. The law authorizes the Louisiana...more

Las P3 y el riesgo político: ¿por qué las P3 de Miami-Dade pueden resistir el clima político?

En un año electoral, los inversores prestan mucha atención a los entornos políticos de las jurisdicciones que buscan el desarrollo de las asociaciones entre los sectores público y privado (“P3” o “PPP”). La inversión en el...more

New Housing and Planning Act – finally

by Dentons on

The government has committed to building 1 million homes in five years and is relying on the Housing and Planning Bill to help achieve that goal. The bill, however, has had a rocky ride through Parliament and only received...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: June 2016 #1

by Holland & Knight LLP on

California Governor Proposes "Build By Right" Approval Process for Affordable Housing - Recognizing the extreme need throughout California for construction of new affordable housing units, on May 13, 2016, Gov. Jerry...more

P3s and Political Risk: Why Miami-Dade’s P3s Can Weather Political Climates

In an election year, investors pay careful attention to the political environments of jurisdictions that are seeking to develop public private partnerships (“P3” or “PPP”). Investment in pursuing a public infrastructure...more

Governor Seeks to Streamline Approval of Multifamily Housing Projects

In an effort to encourage housing production, Governor Jerry Brown has made a bold proposal to streamline the approval of certain multifamily housing projects that include a portion deed-restricted affordable units. The...more

Alert - City Increases Park/Quimby Fees for ALL Future Residential Buildings

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

As some of you are aware, the City Planning Department along with Parks and Recs have been pushing to increase the Quimby fees (Parks fees for new condo/for sale units) as well as to create new Park Fees for newly constructed...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

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