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Beware Environmental Regulations Lurking in Local Codes – Such as the Wellhead Protection Program

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

Most companies know that the environmental impacts of their operations are regulated by the federal government (primarily the US Environmental Protection Agency) and various state governments (in Oregon, primarily the Oregon...more

Superfund Changes Afoot

Since taking over as EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt has made it clear that he intends to focus on—and overhaul—the Superfund program. Calling the program “at the center of the Agency’s core mission”, Pruitt has put in place...more

Monetizing Vacant Land Through Mitigation Banking

by Sullivan & Worcester on

A mitigation bank is a wetland, stream, or other habitat area that has been restored, established, enhanced, or (in certain circumstances) preserved for the purpose of providing compensation for unavoidable impacts to such...more

Appellate Court Rejects CEQA Challenges to Development in Santa Ana - BB&K Team Represented City

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

In a decision that supports both history and progress, a California appellate court on Wednesday rejected several legal challenges to a residential project on a portion of a former orchard. Representing the City of Santa Ana,...more

Conservation Easement Opportunities: Protecting Natural Resources While Receiving Tax Savings

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Conservation easements may be a great example of "doing well by doing good." They help conserve fish and wildlife, clean water, natural habitats, historic properties, farmland, and timberland. They also provide other public...more

West Coast Real Estate Update - May 2017 - #3

by Holland & Knight LLP on

L.A. to Legalize Residential Units Previously Created in Violation of Building Code - On May 10, 2017, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved an ordinance that would permit previously unapproved dwelling...more

Greater disclosure obligations for office owners

by Dentons on

Building owners’ obligations under the Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure Act - Currently, before offering to sell or lease office space over 2,000sm, owners must obtain the building’s energy efficiency rating and...more

Higher Temperatures, Rising Water Levels and Preparing for a Sea Change in Real Estate

Climatologists predict that sea levels will continue to rise in the coming years and that temperatures will increase, causing the frequency and intensity of hurricane-like storms to grow. These scenarios present challenges...more

Supreme Court of California Ruling Elevates Responsible Agency Role Under CEQA - City's EIR Erred by Failing to Fully Disclose and...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In Banning Ranch Conservancy v. City of Newport Beach, et al., the Supreme Court of California held that lead agencies need to expressly disclose and consider the jurisdictional claims and regulatory opinions of responsible...more

First Quarter CEQA Update in Under 60 Seconds

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Okay, maybe slightly longer than 60 seconds. The point being, though, that CEQA case updates really should not read like law school case briefs. Long discussion of the lower court’s findings? No thank you. ...more

[Event] Nossaman's 2017 Northern California Environmental and Land Use Seminar - May 18th, Walnut Creek, CA

by Nossaman LLP on

Join us for our first Environmental and Land Use Law Update in Northern California! This complimentary seminar will be comprised of panel discussions on a spectrum of critical federal and state environmental and land use...more

West Coast Real Estate Update - April 2017 #1

by Holland & Knight LLP on

San Francisco Ordinance Invalidated in Victory for Landlords - In Coyne v. City and County of San Francisco, No. A145044 (Cal. Ct. App. Mar. 21, 2017), the California Court of Appeal invalidated a San Francisco...more

California Appellate Court Upholds Negative Declaration for County "Up-Zoning" Ordinance - Aptos Council v. County of Santa Cruz...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Aptos Council v. County of Santa Cruz ruling also clarifies CEQA "Piecemeal" Doctrine - The Sixth District Court of Appeal's recent decision in Aptos Council v. County of Santa Cruz provides useful California...more

How to Effectively Manage Vapor Intrusion Risks When Acquiring and Developing Property

With increasing concern and attention being raised by regulatory agencies and the public on protecting building occupants from exposure to vapor intrusion (VI)-related contaminants, parties acquiring and developing property...more

Six Years in the Making, New Ch. 91 Flexibility Washes Ashore

Last month, MassDEP and the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management released long-awaited revisions to the regulations governing waterfront development in Massachusetts (the Chapter 91 regulations, the Designated Port...more

Appellate Court Rejects CEQA Claims on Project Modifications Made After Final EIR Published

by Holland & Knight LLP on

California's Fourth District Court of Appeal has provided useful guidance on processing requirements for environmental review documents prepared under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) when project modifications...more

CLF Takes Its MHP Fight Across the Fort Point Channel

Last week we wrote about the Conservation Law Foundation filing suit against EOEEA Secretary Beaton and DEP Commissioner Suuberg for actions associated with the approval of an amendment to the South Boston Waterfront District...more

Real Estate and Land Use - January 2017

Supreme Court Holds City Bound by Publicly Available General Plan - Orange Citizens for Parks and Recreation v. Superior Court (2016) 2 Cal.5th 141, 211 Cal.Rptr.3d 230 - Why It Matters: The California Supreme Court...more

Transfer Act for Lenders

by Murtha Cullina on

A previous blog post addressed lender liability for environmental conditions on property a lender might acquire as a result of foreclosure. Another issue lenders in Connecticut must consider prior to foreclosing on a property...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: January 2017 #2

by Holland & Knight LLP on

California Prepares for Possible Rollback of Federal Water, Wetlands Regulations - Scott Pruitt, President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has discussed eliminating what he...more

Developers take note: What you need to know about proposed changes to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979

by Dentons on

After his predecessor failed to push through a whole new Planning Act in 2013, the current Planning Minister, Rob Stokes, appears to have accepted that he is stuck with the ageing Environmental Planning and Assessment Act...more

CalEnviroScreen 3.0 – Still the Wrong Tool for CEQA Review

On January 9, 2017, the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) and Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) released an “Update to the California Communities Environmental Health Screening Tool,”...more

Too much, too fast, too soon: Stakeholders react to the Government of Ontario's coordinated review of the provincial plans

by Dentons on

During the first quarter of 2015, the Government of Ontario (the Province) initiated a coordinated 10-year review of Ontario’s four land use plans (the Coordinated Review): (1) the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe...more

Sustainability: The Road to a Circular Economy

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The launch of the Ecodesign Working Plan 2016-2019, covering the eco-design and energy labelling framework last month is another key milestone in the Commission’s plan to transition the EU to a more circular economy. ...more

Public Decision Making newsletter - Summer Edition 2016

by DLA Piper on

This newsletter summarises recent developments in resource management and local government law in New Zealand that are of particular relevance to local authorities and decision makers. In this edition, we address recent...more

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