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City of Pittsburgh adopts Riverfront IPOD

On June 6, 2016, City of Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto signed legislation enacted by City Council amending the City of Pittsburgh Zoning Code by establishing a Riverfront Interim Planning Overlay District (“IPOD”). The...more

"In the Name of the Environment" Update - 13,946 Housing Units – and 200-bed Homeless Shelter – Targeted by Recent CEQA Lawsuits...

Holland & Knight's West Coast Land Use and Environment Practice Group has provided an update to its "In the Name of the Environment" report, detailing California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) lawsuits that targeted housing...more

Bethesda Downtown Plan is First of its Kind

The Montgomery County Planning Board has approved—and will now send to the County Council for review—the Bethesda Downtown Plan, a potentially groundbreaking master plan that integrates the zoning and financing of public...more

Property Tax and Valuation Topics: Summer 2016

Interim “Watch Tower” Revaluation After High Sale Upheld - The last citywide revaluation conducted by Milford was as of October 1, 2011. On that date, the residential property at 19 Beach Avenue was valued by the...more

Two Decisions out of San Diego Remind Us to Follow the Rules

We don’t often see multiple takings-related cases in one week, but last week we saw three. The California Supreme Court’s decision in Property Reserve was obviously the most important, but the Fourth Appellate District Court...more

The Economic Development Toolbox: Downtown Redevelopment Districts Provide Additional Economic Development Tools for Ohio...

On May 6, 2016, Governor Kasich signed Am. Sub. House Bill 233 (“H.B. 233”) authorizing Ohio municipalities to create Downtown Redevelopment Districts (“DRDs”) to encourage the rehabilitation of historic buildings and...more

California’s Precondemnation Right of Entry Statutes Upheld — With a Slight Judicial Tweak

For the last two-plus years, we have been waiting for guidance from the California Supreme Court on whether public agencies could utilize the statutory “right of entry” procedure to gain access to private property to conduct...more

Wolverine Pipe Line Company filing Condemnations in Washtenaw County for Detroit Multi Access Project

Wolverine appears to be staging the filing of lawsuits to secure rights from larger, commercial properties in Washtenaw County before implementing processes against residential properties in Wayne and Washtenaw...more

Sustainable Development Update - July 2016 #3

Sustainable Development Focus - Net-zero energy Brock Environmental Center in Virginia turns rainwater into drinking water - Inhabitat - Jul 14 - A new building in Virginia Beach is raising the bar for...more

The Tide Rises Waterfront Development in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania organizations hoping to increase development of public amenities and parks along Pennsylvania’s waterfronts may soon benefit from the new “Waterfront Development Tax Credit” enacted as part of Act 84, and signed...more

Court Decision Dismisses Challenge to Gun Lake Band’s Trust Land

Last Friday, July 15, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the constitutionality of the Gun Lake Trust Land Reaffirmation Act. Because the Court agreed with the D.C. District Court's finding of constitutionality, it...more

The Long and Short of Interpreting Land Use Regulations

State law in North Carolina authorized modern local zoning regulations in the 1920s. And perhaps, there is no more basic zoning term than “single family detached dwelling.” In a world of ever-increasing complexity of uses...more

Eminent Domain in California – What You Should Know and What You Can Do BEFORE the Government Comes to Take Your Property

Public development and infrastructure projects are on the rise in California. This is a good thing for the economy. InfrastructureBut it also means that private property will often be needed to complete these projects. Public...more

How South Florida Real Estate Developers Are Reducing Litigation Risk

Leading up to the Great Recession of 2008, properties throughout South Florida were being bought only to be subsequently resold at a profit.  This “flipping” of properties culminated in an unsustainably-inflated real estate...more

Proposed Rule Changes to Florida’s Affordable Housing Allocation and Funding Process

The Florida Housing Finance Corporation (“Florida Housing”) has proposed changes to its rules governing the affordable housing allocation and funding process. The changes are to Rule Chapters 67-21, 67-48, and 67-60, F.A.C....more

Update on Small Scale Developments

Following on from our posting about the removal of the exemption of small scale developments from affordable housing contributions, please note that the Court of Appeal reversed the High Court’s decision. The Court of Appeal...more

Don't make promises you cannot keep: Developer behaviour in the spotlight

In Ottercroft Ltd v. Scandia Care Ltd (1) and Rahimain (2), the court of Appeal has upheld a first instance decision to award an injunction against a developer who infringed an adjoining owner's rights of light. ...more

Real Estate News in Metro DC

Ballard Spahr’s mixed-use, condominium, and multifamily lawyers are pleased to provide this newsletter to keep you apprised of important developments and trends in real estate law in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C....more

Safety, Health and Environment Matters - Spring/Summer 2016

Following the outcome of a so-called Brexit referendum it is clear that a significant period of uncertainty will follow while this country works out its new trading arrangements with fellow European countries and the rest of...more

If You Build It, They Will Get Just Compensation

One thousand nine hundred fifty-four (1,954) miles: the length of the United States’ border with Mexico, and the possible future site for President Donald Trump’s infamous Great Wall. The Wall has been a calling card of the...more

Wetlands Determinations - Uncertainty for the Clean Water Rule?

On May 31, 2016, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in United States Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co., Inc. holding that approved judicial determinations as to the presence of wetlands issued by the...more

Development Project May be Declared Consistent with General Plan Even if Quantitative Standards Exceeded

There is no question in California land use law that development projects need not comply with every goal or policy in a community’s general plan. While a city’s or county’s land use decisions must be consistent with the...more

Princesses Everywhere Embrace Recent Decision, Private Land Property Owners Not So Much

This decision is reminiscent of a fairytale about a princess and her frog prince and the croaking chorus of the Frogs of Aristophane. On June 30, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued a significant ruling...more

Federal Government Order to Protect Frog Habitat Stops Land Development in Suburban Montréal

On June 17, 2016, the federal cabinet approved an emergency order (Order) for protection of the habitat of the Western Chorus Frog (Great Lakes/St. Lawrence-Canadian Shield population) in La Prairie, Quebec. This is the...more

Classic Private Property Rights and Public Coffers

In April 2014, we posted a blog discussing the North Carolina Supreme Court’s opinion in Beroth Oil v. NCDOT, 367 N.C. 33, 757 S.E. 2d 466 (2014). (See here) In that post, we compared high frequency stock market trading and...more

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