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Urban Renewal Bill Introduced

Rep. Brian DelGrosso (R-Loveland) and Sen. Lois Tochtrop (D-Thornton) introduced HB 14-1375, dubbed in early drafts the “Urban Redevelopment Fairness Act,” on Friday, April 11, 2014, with only four weeks left in the...more

New Law Allows Mining Operators to Remedy Compliance Issues and Retain AB 3098 List Status

Mining companies are subject to myriad requirements under the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA) and implementing regulations that can trip up even the most diligent of operators from time to time. When a potential...more

Bright Line Rule: Collateral Estoppel Precludes Attacks on Quasi-Judicial Permit Decisions (But Stay Tuned: Rehearing Granted on...

Simply stated: “[a] collateral attack is not a substitute for an appeal” reasoned the Second Appellate District Court in Bowman v. California Coastal Commission (2nd Dist., Div. 6, 03/18/2014, B243015) ___Cal.App.2nd___,...more

Developers Beware – Court of Appeal Clarifies the Effect of a Breach of the Sale of Land Act

In Barker v Midstyle Nominees Pty Ltd [2014] WASCA 75, the West Australian Court of Appeal has considered the legal consequences of a developer entering into off the plan contracts in breach of Section 13 of the Sale of Land...more

Federal Agency Approvals Beyond the Scope of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act

In the last month, two separate federal district courts have declined to extend the scope of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, 16 U.S.C. §§ 703-712 (MBTA), to federal agency approvals of projects that plaintiffs alleged could...more

Buyers Beware: Little Known Pittsburgh Building Code Ordinance Can Present Expensive Problems

Commercial property buyers, landlords and tenants should be aware that a little known City of Pittsburgh ordinance requires building owners to conduct periodic inspections of building façade exteriors in the City. Many...more

City Fails to Adequately Mitigate "Urban Decay" and Energy Impacts of Big Box Retail Project

In the latest decision addressing challenges to "big box" projects under the California Environmental Quality Act ("CEQA"), on February 28, 2014, the California Court of Appeal invalidated the approval of a retail project in...more

Second District Addresses Interesting CEQA and CESA Species Mitigation Issues in Lengthy Partially Published Opinion Upholding...

In a lengthy, mostly published opinion filed on March 20, 2014, the Second District Court of Appeal reversed the trial court’s judgment granting a writ of mandate, and upheld – as against state law challenges brought by a...more

EPA and the Army Corps Propose Rules Expanding Clean Water Act Jurisdiction, Potentially Affecting Everyone Who Uses Lands Where...

On March 25, 2014, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and Army Corps of Engineers (“Corps”) jointly released a long-awaited proposed rulemaking that would redefine the scope of their shared jurisdiction...more

Miami-Dade County Road Impact Fees To Increase 23% On April 22, 2014

On April 22, 2014, the roadway impact fee will increase by 23%. Developers should be aware of these increases in impact fees, as substantial cost savings can be achieved through pulling building permits on April 21, 2014,...more

Filing For Building Permits By April 21 In Miami-Dade County Can Save Developers Up To 23% In Increased Fees

The Miami-Dade County roadway impact fees are slated to increase by approximately 23% on April 22, 2014. Developers should be aware of these increases in impact fees, as substantial cost savings can be achieved through...more

Green Law Corner: What LEED v4 Means for You

In late 2013, the U.S. Green Building Council released its latest version of LEED, Version 4. Most of you have certainly heard of LEED but you may not know what LEED really means. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and...more

Philadelphia Enacts New Laws Tightening Building and Demolition Regulations

In June 2013, a Philadelphia building undergoing demolition collapsed onto a neighboring building, killing six people and injuring 14. Philadelphia’s construction and demolition regulations were closely scrutinized in the...more

California High Speed Rail Authority Gains New Approvals to Move Project Forward: Eminent Domain Proceedings Commenced on Eight...

Despite recent obstacles, the California High Speed Rail Authority (the “Authority”) remains steadfast in its determination to complete the high-speed rail project (the “Project”), bolstered by recent approvals from various...more

Overreaching to Apply CEQA; Second District Strikes Down LA’s Attempted Mid-Game Rule Change in Tower Lane Properties

Sometimes in the land use world, municipal planners and other regulators need to be reminded of the simple things. For example, a fundamental precept of due process is that the rules cannot be changed in the middle of the...more

SB 1270 Proposes Significant California Mining Reform

The recent submittal of significant proposed revisions to California's mining law, the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act ("SMARA"), signals potentially broad-reaching changes to the statute. On February 21, 2014, Senator...more

Construction and Land Use Newsletter - March 2014

Please see full newsletter below for more information. - Lorton Landfill Dispute Nearing Board of Supervisors’ Review - I Know My (Vested) Rights! Developing a Project in a Changing Climate - Excerpt from...more

Tower Lane Properties v. City of Los Angeles: JMBM Prevails in Published Court of Appeal Opinion Holding that a City's Erroneous...

JMBM has prevailed in the Court of Appeal on behalf of its client in a well-publicized and hotly-contested development project in the City of Los Angeles. The court's published opinion will come as welcome relief to property...more

History Repeats Itself At The Mouth Of The Miami River

Ten years ago, attorney Michael Kreitzer represented a developer who was faced with an injunction on its development of a high-rise apartment building on the south side of the Miami River after it was discovered that the...more

Google’s Floating Mystery Boxes

It was moored quietly in the Bay. But when a four story structure made up of shipping containers was erected, questions began to be asked. Elected officials said they didn’t know. The police said it wasn’t in...more

Mitigate Early and Often: Four Public Agency Strategies for Streamlining Projects

BB&K's Steven Anderson and Lucas Quass Offer Tips for Environmental Mitigation - Like private development, public projects must frequently obtain and comply with a variety of state and federal regulatory permits. Too...more

Construction Begins On A Mixed-Use Development In Wynwood

The Wynwood district north of downtown is becoming a hot spot for mixed-use development activities. Recent articles in the South Florida Business Journal and Curbed report that construction is under way on Wynwood House, a...more

I Know My (Vested) Rights! Developing a Project in a Changing Climate

More than one landowner has been disappointed to find out they cannot develop their property how they would like. This disappointment can be compounded if the landowner bought a property based on its zoning potential, but the...more

Redevelopment 2.0 -- Infrastructure Financing Districts Approved for Redevelopment Project Areas

Despite being destroyed and dismantled, redevelopment in California has been born once again, this time reincarnated under the name of "Infrastructure Financing Districts." Last week, Governor Brown signed into law AB 471,...more

Latest Community Infrastructure Levy Amendment Regulations come into force

The latest round of amendments to the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Regulations 2010 have come into force. Key changes are: - Phased payment of CIL for hybrid and other multi-phase consents - CIL can be...more

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