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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

Stormwater Permits: Preventing Your Owners Association From Getting Stuck with Unnecessary and Potentially Large Expenses

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Developers in North Carolina must obtain numerous permits from various governmental agencies prior to constructing a planned community or developing condominiums. Most construction permits end by their terms upon completion...more

The Governor’s Housing Package - Affordable Housing Production in California Gets a Boost from Sacramento

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

A package of 15 new housing bills will have far-reaching implications for every city in California. Collectively, these new laws are meant to significantly boost affordable housing production by removing local land use...more

No Homeless in the Historic District?

A church has filed suit against the City of Davenport, Iowa (the “City”), after the City issued it a Cease and Desist Order (the “Order”) prohibiting the service of meals to the homeless, alleging violations of RLUIPA’s...more

Governor Brown Signs Major Housing Package Into Law

by Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass on

On September 29, 2017, Governor Brown signed into law a 15-bill housing package. The housing package did not include AB 915, which would have authorized the City and County of San Francisco to impose local inclusionary...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

UC Merced Celebrates One-Year Anniversary of Groundbreaking for 2020 Project

by Nossaman LLP on

This week, the Regents of the University of California and the University of California, Merced are celebrating the one-year anniversary of groundbreaking for the $1.3 billion, 1.2 million GSF UC Merced 2020 Project (the...more

Legislation to Alter State Water Rights Enforcement Action Processes Fails

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed AB 313, which would have shifted the hearing process for certain water rights enforcement actions to a new Water Rights Division within the Office of Administrative Hearings. However, his...more

Construction Contracts: When Is Industry Best Practice Not Good Enough?

by Jones Day on

The Situation: A recent ruling in MT Højgaard A/S v E.ON Climate & Renewables UK Robin Rigg East Limited by the UK Supreme Court gives guidance on construction contracts where the contractor undertakes both to deliver a...more

Common Law/Clean Water Act Action: Lawrence County Landowners Lawsuit Challenging Lawrence County, Arkansas Bridge

A group of landowners and farmers (collectively “landowners”) filed an October 10th lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas against Lawrence County, Arkansas. See No. :...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - October 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Metropolitan Water District of Southern California approves Delta tunnels project - Sacramento Bee - Oct 10 - Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) on Tuesday...more

Draft 2018 Assessment Methodology: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality Solicits Comments

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) announced the availability of the Draft 2018 Assessment Methodology (“Methodology”). ADEQ is providing a 30 day public comment....more

Air Enforcement: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and Arkadelphia, Arkansas Asphalt Roofing Manufacturing Facility...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) and Siplast, Inc. (“SI”) entered into a September 29th Consent Administrative Order (“CAO”) addressing alleged violations of an air permit. See LIS No. 17-077. SI...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

Can I Park Here? Second Department Takes the Driver’s Seat in Recent Parking Cases

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Last month, the Appellate Division, Second Department, issued two interesting opinions concerning parking. One involved a parking variance and the other involved a restrictive covenant....more

Court Declines to Vacate Environmental Assessment of Dakota Access Pipeline, Permitting Oil to Flow during Remand

On October 11, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia declined to vacate the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (“Corps”) Environmental Assessment (“EA”) of the Dakota Access Pipeline while the agency...more

Dieselgate: Bringing a Face to Scandal Impacting Volkswagen Owners

A Volkswagen manager pleaded guilty to conspiracy and violating the Clean Air Act and could get seven years in prison. A Volkswagen engineer who agreed to testify against the Volkswagen manager was sentenced to three years in...more

Fast Ferry Service to Seattle: An Encouraging First Step Toward Regional Growth

Seattle is geographically constrained by a narrow peninsula between Lake Washington and Elliott Bay. Growth can be painful when you have to fight your geography, as Seattle has done for over 100 years. However, new and...more

Newark Residential Developers: New Affordable Housing Requirement May Cost You

by McCarter & English, LLP on

Developers of new residential projects in Newark may need to factor in affordable housing following the Newark City Council’s recent adoption of a zoning ordinance requiring most future residential development projects...more

The Clean Growth Strategy - Government releases its strategy for a low carbon future

by Hogan Lovells on

On 12 October the Government released its latest strategy to promote “clean growth” in the UK. It sees clean growth as growing the UK’s national income, while cutting greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate...more

Fish and Wildlife Service Makes 12-Month Findings, Denies ESA Protections for 25 Species

by Nossaman LLP on

On Thursday, October 5, 2017, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (“Service”) announced 12-month “not warranted” findings on petitions to list 25 species as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”). It...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - October 2017 #2

EPA Moves to Repeal Obama's Clean Power Plan Coal Regs - "EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced Monday that the Trump administration is moving to scrap the Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration's signature...more

Waters of the United States/Proposed Recodification of Pre-Existing Rules: Arkansas Commenters

Thousands of comments have been submitted in regards to the United States Environmental Protection Agency and United States Army Corps of Engineers (collectively “Agencies”) July 27th, 2017 proposed rule titled: Waters...more

City Passes New Affordable Housing Requirements in Three Pilot Zones

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On October 11th, the Chicago City Council passed two ordinances creating three new Affordable Requirements Ordinance zones. The new requirements eliminate the option to pay an in-lieu fee in the pilot zones, and require...more

Gordie Howe Bridge Moves One Step Closer

by Clark Hill PLC on

The owners of the existing Ambassador Bridge lost one of their many arguments in Wayne County Circuit Court. The owners of the Ambassador Bridge, entities controlled by the Maroun family, have raised many objections to the...more

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