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Property Acquisition: Five Signs of Trouble Ahead

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

As much as public agencies want infrastructure projects to go smoothly, they rarely do. Even when a project is seemingly rolling along through right of way acquisition, there are still hurdles that inevitably impact budgets...more

Can Zoning Stop Property Owners from Renting?

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Local governments may not rely on zoning rules to prohibit renters in multi-family housing developments. Many local governments (and residents) prefer property owners living in their communities rather than tenants. This...more

PHH Mortgage Attacks the CFPB: Will the Bureau Become a Commission?

by Baker Donelson on

On April 12, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit heard arguments in PHH Mortgage’s appeal of a $109,000,000 disgorgement order by the CFPB. The CFPB found PHH had illegally referred consumers to mortgage insurers...more

Property Reserve Case Set for Oral Argument

by Nossaman LLP on

The California Supreme Court announced today that the Property Reserve case will be heard on May 3, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. in San Francisco. (I’m assuming this is not an April Fool’s joke, since eminent domain attorneys have...more

MPSC Approved Wolverine Pipe Line Project in Wayne and Washtenaw Counties

by Clark Hill PLC on

Wolverine Pipe Line Company received the administrative approval that is a prerequisite to it acquiring necessary property rights and constructing its project. On June 17, 2015, Wolverine Pipe Line Company filed anApplication...more

California Supreme Court Upholds San Jose’s Inclusionary Housing Ordinance

In California Building Industry Association v. City of San Jose (Case No. S212072, filed June 15, 2015), the California Supreme Court upheld an inclusionary housing ordinance imposing affordable housing requirements as a...more

California's Highest Court Upholds San Jose's Affordable Housing Ordinance

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Requirement to construct or provide affordable housing is permissible under California Constitution police powers - This week, in a long awaited decision, California Building Industry Association v. City of San Jose,...more

California Supreme Court Paves the Way for Ownership Inclusionary Housing - Many Developers Maintain That the Costs Associated...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In a highly anticipated case affecting residential development throughout California, the California Supreme Court unanimously rejected the California Building Industry Association’s (CBIA) challenge to the City of San Jose’s...more

California Supreme Court Upholds Validity of Inclusionary Housing Ordinances

On June 15, 2015, the California Supreme Court issued its decision in California Building Industry Association v. City of San Jose, No. S212072, unanimously upholding the validity of inclusionary housing programs in...more

California Supreme Court Holds Inclusionary Zoning Subject to Rational Basis Review

by Nossaman LLP on

2013 was a banner year for developers under the takings clause, as both the U.S. Supreme Court and California Supreme Court issued decisions expanding the developers’ ability to challenge exactions as unconstitutional. In...more

California Supreme Court Upholds Inclusionary Housing Zoning

California Building Industry Association v. City of San Jose - Why It Matters: In a much-anticipated ruling, the California Supreme Court has settled for now the question of whether or not a municipality may condition...more

California Supreme Court Holds Facial Challenge to Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance Subject to Deferential Standard of Review

by Nossaman LLP on

In a decision with major repercussions for the building industry in California, the California Supreme Court unanimously rejected a constitutional challenge to San Jose's affordable housing ordinance. California Building...more

California Supreme Court Upholds Inclusionary Housing Ordinance as a Valid Exercise of Police Power

by Allen Matkins on

In a major loss for the building industry, the California Supreme Court upheld an inclusionary housing ordinance ("IHO") adopted by the City of San Jose (“City") in California Building Industry Association v. City of San...more

Caltrans and Temecula Join Forces to Relieve I-15 Congestion

by Nossaman LLP on

The City of Temecula is moving forward with the French Valley Parkway. The project involves constructio of a new arterial, as well as improvements to the I-15 Winchester Road interchange. Phase I of the project included...more

The New Jersey Supreme Court has reopened the doors to Affordable Housing Litigation

by Cole Schotz on

The New Jersey Supreme Court has unanimously held that the administrative process run by COAH in which municipalities show compliance with affordable housing obligations is no longer working and municipalities are no longer...more

Recent Developments in Colorado Construction Law

by Snell & Wilmer on

Hot Button Issues in Colorado Construction - Liability for owners, developers, contractors and design professionals - A construction defects measure, which was introduced to the state legislature in the 2014...more

Recent Developments in Arizona Construction Law

by Snell & Wilmer on

Notable 2014 Case Law: Bonds - In Ponderosa Fire District v. Coconino County, 235 Ariz. 597 (Ct. App. Ariz. 2014), the Court of Appeals considered whether the County had discretion to decide not to call...more

U.S. Supreme Court Decision On Land-Use Exactions Impacts Developers, Government

If you have ever filed a zoning application and been subjected at the public hearing to a version of the game show “Let’s Make a Deal,” you may find of interest a June 2013 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that addresses...more

Eminent Domain approved for Agoura Hills Street Widening

by Nossaman LLP on

Last week, the Agoura Hills City Council approved acquiring 14 properties through eminent domain for its Augora Road Widening and Canwood Street Improvement Project, as reported by The Acorn. The purpose of the project is to...more

California Supreme Court Makes It Easier To Challenge Local Affordable Housing Requirements

by Perkins Coie on

Under the Mitigation Fee Act, when a city imposes a fee, dedication, reservation or other exaction on a development project, the developer has the right to pay under protest, obtain the necessary project approvals and proceed...more

Will Koontz Mean Big Changes or Business as Usual for Real Estate Development in California

by Miller Starr Regalia on

On June 25, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court release its decision in Koontz v. St. John's River Water Managment District. Koontz has been called the most significant takings case since Kelo v. City of New London and has been...more

California Supreme Court to Review Inclusionary Housing Requirements

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On September 11, 2013, the California Supreme Court granted the California Building Industry Association's (CBIA) petition for review challenging a San Jose ordinance that imposed "inclusionary" housing obligations on housing...more

Mississippi's "Stop Notice" Statute Ruled Facially Unconstitutional Deprivation of Property

by Baker Donelson on

On October 10, 2013, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, citing lack of procedural safeguards, affirmed a district court's determination that Mississippi's "Stop Notice" statute is unconstitutional because it deprives...more

Court of Appeal Upholds San Jose Inclusionary Housing Ordinance as Legitimate Exercise of Local Police Power

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In a recent decision, California's Sixth District Court of Appeal reversed a trial court order and upheld the City of San Jose's Inclusionary Housing Ordinance as a legitimate exercise of the local police power. California...more

The Mechanics of Mechanics Liens

One of the most effective payment remedies for direct contractors, subcontractors and material suppliers is the mechanics lien. First conceived by Thomas Jefferson to encourage construction of the then “new” capital city of...more

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