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Is There Practical Evidence of Climate Change?

A recent article in The New York Times titled: Perils of Climate Change Could Swamp Coast Real Estate, indicates that rising seas and storm-related flooding in Florida appear to be driven by climate change and may be having...more

District of New Hampshire Denies Remand Under CAFA’s Local Controversy Exception

On November 30th, in Brown v. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp., United States District Judge Joseph Laplante of the District of New Hampshire denied plaintiffs’ motion to remand two related class action lawsuits based...more

Green Energy Can Complicate Real Estate Foreclosures

A quick drive through almost any newer residential community in the Southwest will show that a lot of residents are embracing “Green Energy” or renewable energy by placing solar panels on their properties. While most people...more

Final D.C. Groundwater Well Requirements Will Impact Many Property Owners

The District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) on Oct. 28, 2016, published final rules governing the construction, maintenance and abandonment of wells. The new regulations became effective immediately...more

Just Compensation for Contaminated Land

When a government agency or private party involuntarily takes your property (a proceeding called eminent domain or condemnation), you are entitled to receive "just compensation" for the property. In North Carolina, "just...more

Evaluating a Project’s “Exacerbation” on Existing Environmental Hazards

Substantial Evidence Proving “Exacerbation” Required, California Appellate Court Says - A significant decision interpreting the scope of the California Supreme Court’s ruling in California Building Industry Association...more

Sustainable Development Update - November 2016 #2

Sustainable Development Focus - ULI Tenant Energy Optimization Program launched Urban Land - Oct 27 - A new ULI program that helps office tenants design and manage their spaces to reduce energy consumption...more

Environmental Litigation and Toxic Torts Update – Mountain/West Coast Case Law Highlights

Ninth Circuit Issues Major Cercla Decision Finding That Arranger Liability Cannot Be Based On Contamination Deposited On A Site By The Wind - Pakootas v. Teck Cominco Metals, No. 15-35228, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 13662 (9th...more

Limitations on Community Association-Imposed Solar and Renewable Energy Restrictions

Due to its climate, Florida – the “Sunshine State” – is ideally situated to take advantage of unlimited and environmentally friendly solar energy. In the last two decades, the price of solar collectors has dropped...more

Sustainable Development Update - October 2016 #4

Sustainable Development Focus - New LEED version to spur green building - Commercial Property Executive - Oct 20 - Green energy continues to advance, with a major milestone set for November 1. That’s when...more

Sustainable Development Update - October 2016 #3

Sustainable Development Focus - San Francisco’s Treasure Island project wins top green rating - Commercial Property Executive - Oct 14 - The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has awarded LEED-ND...more

Sustainable Development Update - October 2016 #2

Sustainable Development Focus - When it comes to sustainable building, cost still major barrier reports new survey - Proud Green Building - Oct 5 - Sustainable building practices are becoming more common,...more

California Coastal Act Takes Priority Over Housing Density Laws

Court Decision Provides Guidance for Affordable Housing Units within the Coastal Zone - The Second District Court of Appeal recently held that local agencies may be required to grant affordable housing density bonuses...more

Sustainable Development Update - October 2016

Sustainable Development Focus - Irvine Company an ‘Energy Champion’ - Orange County Business Journal - Sep 30 - The California Energy Efficiency Industry Council named Newport Beach-based Irvine Company...more

Sustainable Development Update - September 2016 #3

Sustainable Development Focus - California school district to save millions - Solar Industry Magazine - Sep 29 - The Colton Joint Unified School District (CJUSD) in California and SunPower Corp. have announced...more

County Counsel Teamwork: The Exide Story

Justice: (1) the principle or ideal of just dealing or right action; (2) conformity to this principle or ideal The concept of environmental justice is straightforward, the pathway to practical solutions are often...more

New California Law Amends Water Supply Planning Laws

Water Supply Sufficiency Analyses Must Consider Groundwater Sustainability - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed Senate Bill 1262 into law, representing an initial attempt to incorporate groundwater management requirements under...more

California Supreme Court Upholds Precondemnation Procedures

On July 21, 2016, the California Supreme Court in Property Reserve v. Superior Court upheld the state’s precondemnation entry and testing statutes provided they were reformed to allow impacted property owners the ability to...more

Do you need a Section 404 permit for your real estate development?

Real estate developers recognize the importance of obtaining a Phase I environmental site assessment to review existing environmental site conditions. However, other conditions — creeks, streams, ditches or other water...more

Sustainable Development Update - September 2016

Sustainable Development Focus - Hollywood office building takes the gold - Commercial Property Executive - Aug 23 - Kilroy Realty Corp. has earned two LEED Gold certifications for 469,000 square feet of the...more

Another Lead-Related Crisis: East Chicago, Indiana

Last week, we began following the news about East Chicago, Indiana, where dangerously high levels of lead and arsenic have been found in the soil of a public affordable housing community and nearby elementary school affecting...more

Real Estate and Land Use - August 2016 #3

Supreme Court Clarifies Valuation Rules on Potential for Future Exactions - City of Perris v. Stamper S217738 (Cal. Supreme Court, July 21, 2016) - Why it matters: The California Supreme Court reexamined the rules...more

I Hate Home Rule

Massachusetts is a Home Rule state (Commonwealth, actually, but that’s a separate issue). Our 351 cities and towns can pretty much legislate as they please, so long as the local action is not preempted. Our state Wetlands...more

Foreclosing Residential Lenders Ignore Environmental Issues at Their Own Risk

Several years ago, we assisted a lender who foreclosed on rural residential property and then discovered that vandals had removed metal pipes from the basement of the house. That was bad enough, but the removed piping had...more

Real Estate and Land Use - August 2016 #2

Proactive Predevelopment for Successful P3s - A new report was recently published by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) called Successful Public/Private Partnerships: From Principles to Practice. The report provides valuable...more

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