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California Municipalities Face Difficult Land Use Decisions in Wake of Cannabis Legalization

Following cannabis legalization in California, municipalities are beginning to face difficult decisions related to land use and planning. The challenge in siting industrial and residential uses, often in conflict, is not new...more

Rock Hill Golf and Country Club Joins Brookhaven’s Golf Course District

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

On April 27, 2017, the Town Board of the Town of Brookhaven approved a change of zone for Rock Hill Golf and Country Club from a one-acre residential lot zone to the Golf Course District. Manorville’s Rock Hill is the first...more

Deadline Extended for D.C. Comprehensive Plan Amendment Proposals

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The District of Columbia Office of Planning (OP) has extended the deadline for individuals and groups to submit proposed amendments to D.C.'s Comprehensive Plan, which guides future growth and development in the District. OP...more

Governor Ducey Signs Zoning Bill Into Law; Positive News for Infill Development Industry

by Snell & Wilmer on

Great news for the Arizona infill development industry, as the long awaited “fix” to the three-quarters vote/supermajority statute (i.e. A.R.S. Section 9-462.04(G)) has finally made its way through the State Legislature and...more

Ninth Circuit Upholds Forest Service’s Construction of New Roads in Grizzly Bear Habitat

by Nossaman LLP on

On May 17, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a ruling by the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana and upheld the U.S. Forest Service’s (Forest Service) decision to construct 4.7 miles...more

Edinburgh Royal Hospital for Sick Children community right to buy application declined

by DLA Piper on

The Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh is located in Marchmont and Sciennes, a leafy, desirable, residential area located a mile or so to the south of the city centre. The site extends to just over 4 acres and...more

The Ontario Municipal Board may be no more

by Dentons on

The Province of Ontario announced changes to the land use planning appeals system this morning. Although the Province had publicly indicated it would not abolish the Ontario Municipal Board (O.M.B.), these changes will do...more

Deadline Approaching for D.C. Comprehensive Plan Amendment Proposals

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The deadline is approaching for individuals and groups to submit proposed amendments to the District of Columbia's Comprehensive Plan, which guides future growth and development in the District. May 26 is the last day of the...more

Appellate Court Holds That Mandatory Relief is Unavailable Because of Recording Error - Trial Court Ruled on Partial Record After...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In The Urban Wildlands Group, Inc. v. City of Los Angeles et al., No. B271350 (Cal. Ct. App. 2nd District, April 13, 2017), The Urban Wildlands Group Inc. (Urban Wildlands) filed a petition for writ of mandate and a complaint...more

Mining the Deep Seabed for Renewable Energy

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On Friday the China Minmetals Corporation signed a 15-year contract with the International Seabed Authority (ISA) for exploration of polymetallic nodules on the deep seabed of the Pacific Ocean. The ISA has now executed...more

BB&K Government Relations Team Helps Client Secure Federal Grant for Water Project - Las Virgenes-Triunfo JPA Pure Water Project...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

With the assistance of Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Government Relations team, including Senior Director of Governmental Affairs John Freshman in Washington, D.C., a client received almost $500,000 in federal funding for water...more

U.S. Senate Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on Innovative Solutions for Infrastructure

by Nossaman LLP on

On Tuesday, May 16, 2017 the Senate’s Committee on Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure will hold a hearing titled “Leveraging Federal Funding; Innovative Solutions for...more

Recent Legislative Changes to the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation: Tightening the Belt on Terminating...

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

In my previous blog, “Preserving Agricultural Land in Maryland – Reaping Rewards for Farmers,” I discussed the various programs available in the State of Maryland to provide financial incentives to encourage farmers to...more

Town of Southold Expands Scope of Agricultural Use

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

On April 25, 2017, the Southold Town Board adopted Local Law No. 5 of 2017, which amends the Town’s Zoning Code as it relates to agricultural uses. Specifically, the local law amends and adds certain definitions to the Code...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

Financing Infrastructure: Spotlight On African Debt

by Hogan Lovells on

It is a truth universally acknowledged that there is direct correlation between the development of Africa’s infrastructure and the continent’s economic progress. The recent infrastructure investment boom and financing of...more

Court of Appeal Upholds Issuance of Erosion-Control Permit as Ministerial and Exempt from CEQA

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In Sierra Club et al. v. County of Sonoma et al. (2017 WL 1422533), the California First District Court of Appeal held that the issuance of an erosion-control permit by the Agricultural Commissioner of Sonoma County...more

The Love/Hate Relationship Between Alcoholic Beverages and Cannabis Industries

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Here at GSB, we work with those in the cannabis industry (like producers, processors, retailers and ancillary service providers) and those in the alcoholic beverage industry (like wineries, breweries, distilleries, hotels and...more

Client Alert: Unable to Open For Business After Its Permit Was Denied, Tenant Nonetheless Ordered to Pay Entire Accelerated Lease...

It’s a tale as old as time. Tenant falls in love when it finds the perfect space to rent for its business. Instantly smitten, tenant takes a solemn vow and signs a long-term lease with landlord. But alas, the government...more

U.S. District Court Finds EPA Erred in Approving Pesticides Known To Impact Endangered Species

by Nossaman LLP on

On May 8, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted, in part, a motion for summary judgment brought by plaintiffs in a suit challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”)...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

Ting Density Bonus Legislation Now Limited to San Francisco

As reported in our prior blog post, Assemblymember Phil Ting (D – San Francisco) introduced amendments to the State Density Bonus law (AB 915) that would specifically require all local jurisdictions to impose their local...more

No Surprises Here: First District Applies CEQA Subsequent Review Standards Mandated by Supreme Court on Remand, Again Affirms...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

When all was said and done, it was a case of “same wine, different bottle” for Defendant and Appellant San Mateo Community College District (“District”) after the First District Court of Appeal’s published May 5, 2017...more

Appeals Court Decision Requires Air Emissions Reporting for Animal Waste

by Jackson Walker on

On April 11, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D. C. Circuit vacated a 2008 EPA rule, which had exempted certain agricultural operations from federal air emission reporting requirements...more

Accessory Uses and Their Pitfalls

by PretiFlaherty on

Municipalities put a lot of thought into comprehensive plans and zoning ordinances to make sure that no uses are allowed which will cause negative impacts on a given neighborhood. However, we often see ordinances that...more

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