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Renewable Energy Update - May 2015 #3

Renewable Energy Focus - Voter support for clean energy policies up since last presidential election - Solar Industry Magazine - May 18 - A new survey by Lazard Ltd., a financial advisory and asset management...more

Montgomery County Subdivision Staging Policy Revamped

The Montgomery County Planning Board of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (“Planning Board”) is updating the Subdivision Staging Policy (“SSP”). We anticipate practical and innovation changes will be...more

Municipalities May Not Grant Preferential Parking to Residents Based on Dwelling Type

California Attorney General Addresses Local Preferential Parking Regulations - Local authorities may not institute preferential parking regulations that discriminate among residents based on the residents’ dwelling type,...more

Major Takeaways from American Planning Association’s National Conference

Several R+C Land Use Group lawyers just returned from the American Planning Association’s National Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. The conference is a great opportunity to get together with planners from across the country,...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: March 2016 #3

California's High-Speed Rail May Not Be Financially Feasible - The California Legislature's analyst released a report stating that the high-speed rail system planned for California is not economically feasible. Several...more

Yucaipa Latest California City to Replace Stop Signs with Roundabouts

We have seen a trend where local agencies are choosing to replace stop-sign and signal controlled intersections with roundabouts. The concept is not new; we see them throughout Europe and on the East Coast. But until...more

Sabine Court Gives 'Non-Binding' Ruling That Gathering Agreements Are Not Covenants Running with the Land Under Texas Law

After extensive briefing and hearing oral arguments related to Sabine's motion to reject two gathering agreements with Nordheim Eagle Ford Gathering as well as two gathering and handling agreements with HPIP Gonzales...more

Rating Agency Developments

On March 2, S&P updated its criteria for rating certain U.S. RMBS backed by pre-2009 originated mortgage loans. On March 1, Moody’s updated its rating methodology for U.S. public electric utilities with generation ownership...more

Corner Briefing: Grant and Loan Opportunities for Infill Projects

This is the first edition in an ongoing series of "Corner Briefings" highlighting urban infill legal tools and opportunities. These updates will identify new legal cases, legislative updates, grant opportunities and other...more

Después de que el polvo se asienta: Efectos sobre el desarrollo continuo en el sur de la Florida

Decir que el mercado inmobiliario del sur de la Florida está “en auge” sería una sutileza. El masivo interés en el desarrollo por todo Miami y las ciudades que la rodean sigue aumentando. Para graficar cuán grande es este...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: Feb. 2016 #4

ASTM Updates Property Condition Assessments Standard - The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) published at the end of 2015 the latest version of the Standard Guide for Property Condition Assessments:...more

Updates to CEQA Guidelines for Transportation Impacts Analysis Under SB 743

On January 20, 2016, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (“OPR”) released a revised draft of thresholds for measuring transportation impacts under the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”). These draft...more

Purple Line Continues to Move Forward

The Maryland Court of Appeals issued an opinion on January 22, 2016 holding in favor of Montgomery County, Maryland that the future Purple Line (the proposed light rail between Bethesda and New Carrollton that includes a stop...more

California Governor’s Office Releases Updated CEQA Guidelines Proposal on SB 743 Implementation

On January 20, 2016, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) released a new draft proposal for implementing Senate Bill 743 (Steinberg 2013) (SB 743), which would require traffic analysis to be based on vehicle...more

Oakland Proposed Developer Fees Summary

Unlike most large Bay Area cities, Oakland has not charged development impact fees to pay for affordable housing, but that is likely to change soon. The ramifications of a proposal to impose fees on new residential and...more

Menlo Park Grade Separations – On Track

The City of Menlo Park is proceeding with two transportation projects. The first one, an undercrossing to separate bicycles and pedestrians from rail traffic at Middle Avenue, received the green light from the City Council...more

Top Ten Stories in California Construction for 2015

Cranes, cement trucks, and street closures seem to be everywhere these days, especially in city centers such as San Francisco and Los Angeles. After the meltdown of 2006, real estate development went into hibernation for...more

How to Fix Your GHG Analysis After the California Supreme Court’s Newhall Ranch Decision

My colleague, Michael Sherman, posted yesterday about two issues decided in the California Supreme Court’s decision in Center for Biological Diversity v. California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Today, I’ll address the...more

Caltrans’ Highway 101 Overpass Condemnation Case Ends in Split Decision

For several years, we’ve been following an eminent domain lawsuit in Marin County involving Caltrans’ acquisition of 34 acres for a $29.7 million interchange project at the Redwood Sanitary Landfill, which would widen the...more

Fundamental Evidentiary Issues – Avoiding Exclusion of Your Opinion of Value and Comparable Sales

In an unpublished opinion filed this week, the California Court of Appeal confirmed two fundamental evidentiary rules related to eminent domain matters: Before we delve into the case, here’s a basic reminder of California law...more

Florida Law Creates Right of Action against Drone Operators for Surveillance of Private Property

A bill passed by the Florida legislature and signed into law earlier this year expands Florida’s Freedom from Unwanted Surveillance Act (F.S. 934.50) to prohibit the use of a drone to record images of private property, or the...more

Chicago Mayor Proposes Ordinance to Increase Transit-Oriented Development Near CTA, Metra Stops: 5 Key Changes, 2 Open Issues

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has introduced an ordinance to the City Council that would put in place key changes to the zoning ordinance’s transit-oriented development (TOD) provisions. The following summarizes five of the...more

(US) Limiting the Sky: Is There Space for Drones in Real Estate Law?

Real property is generally conceived of as tangible and two dimensional. We acquire land described by courses and distances in a deed, depicted by lines on a survey. The laws respecting that land are well-formed; most in the...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Thank you for your readership. The First Regular Session of the 127th Legislature is nearing its end. For now, the Legislature has adjourned but plans to reconvene on July 16. As the pace of legislative developments is now...more

Shifting Landscapes: Regulatory Challenges Stemming from Emerging Technologies

In the modern era, the world moves fast—aided by technology that is constantly evolving and changing our relationships with each other and with the world around us. Technological developments challenge state and local...more

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