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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

There is an amendment to Railroad Law that could boost the market

Last Tuesday, House of Representatives approved a bill to amend the Law for Railroad Service in order to open competition, and to keep up with the upcoming train projects in Mexico. According to the Minutes of the...more

Secretary's Order Encourages Mitigation Efficiency and Predictability for Infrastructure Development Projects on Federal Lands

On October 31, 2013, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell issued Order No. 3330 to establish a Department-wide mitigation strategy that focuses on mitigation opportunities at the landscape level. Order No. 3330 is part of a...more

Construction & Land Use Newsletter - Volume 5, Issue 3 - September 2013

In This Issue: - When Do Virginia Contractors Need a License? - Newberry Station: Political Contributions & Political Realities - Excerpt from Newberry Station: Political Contributions & Political Realities:...more

Newberry Station: Political Contributions vs. Political Realities

Political contributions and developer-politician interaction are facts of life in the development community. And it makes sense too – developers bring many benefits to communities, such as housing, work space, shopping, and...more

Bill Introduced to Restore Cities' Ability to Require Affordable Housing

On February 22, California State Assembly Member Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, introduced a bill, AB 1229, to restore the ability of California cities and counties to require affordable housing as part of market-rate housing...more

North Carolina General Assembly Continues Reform Streak

After the dust settled on the North Carolina General Assembly 2012 Short Session, 203 bills had become law, a handful of which survived gubernatorial veto. Although the General Assembly did not pass land use reforms as...more

Tax Increment Finance (TIF) Heats Up

Tax Increment Finance continues to be a hot topic at the capitol. The House has its bill, HF2460, on the calendar for debate in the House. Many groups interested in economic development are following this legislation and are...more

Florida HB503: Excitement Grows Over This New Law as a Good Thing for Florida Real Estate Development

While everyone waits for Florida Governor Rick Scott to sign HB503 into law, and it's expected that Scott will do so - no veto here - Florida real estate developers and those who work with land development are becoming more...more

California Supreme Court Kills Redevelopment Agencies. Now What?

California’s redevelopment agencies (RDAs) receive 12 percent of the state’s property tax revenue. In this economic climate, that put a bull's-eye on their heads. Upon taking office, Governor Brown pushed through legislation...more

Governor Vetoes Economic Impact Report Requirement for Superstores

One of this year’s most controversial bills was vetoed by Governor Brown in the final minutes of October 9, 2011, his last day to act on the bill. SB 469 (Vargas), the Small & Neighborhood Business Protection Act, would have...more

CEQA Reform Highlights the 2011 California Legislative Session

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) has played a historic role in environmental protection by requiring projects to go through extensive studies to disclose and mitigate environmental impacts. For developers, CEQA...more

The Annual Round With Utah's Mechanics' Lien Laws

Death and taxes aren't the only sure things in this life. Another event you can take to the bank is the annual tweaking and twisting of Utah's mechanics' lien laws in the legislature. It is always a dynamic process to watch,...more

Congress Challenges Longstanding Clean Water Act

By Krystina Steffen, staff In Good Practice writer – July 21, 2011 Rein in the Environmental Protection Agency or turn back the clock 40 years? The House of Representatives passed H.R.2018, the Clean Water Cooperative...more

Continued Downturn Leads Governor Brown To Sign Legislative Relief For Developers

On July 15, 2011, Governor Brown signed into law AB 208, a bill that offers a further extension of certain subdivision maps. The bill was originally sponsored by the California Building Industry Association in order to...more

Ohio’s Budget, As Recently Passed By The House, Contains Key Changes To Public Construction

On May 5, 2011, the Ohio House of Representatives passed H.B. 153, Ohio’s main operating budget for fiscal years 2012 and 2013. The current bill contains some key provisions affecting the public construction industry in the...more

Rogers Towers: Judge Declares Senate Bill 360 Unconstitutional

A trial judge in Tallahassee has struck down Senate Bill 360, approved by the Legislature and Governor in 2009. As you may remember, Senate Bill 360 provided several forms of growth management relief in response to the market...more

Massachusetts Legislature Passes Permit Extension Act As Part of Economic Development Legislation

In the final hours of the session, the Massachusetts Legislature passed sweeping economic development legislation which included, as section 173, what has come to be known as the Permit Extension Act. The purpose of the...more

Pennsylvania Adopts Legislation Granting Automatic Extension to Development Approvals

On July 6, 2010, Pa. Gov. Ed Rendell signed into law Senate Bill 1042, which, among other items, grants an automatic extension to most development approvals and permits. The new law provides that the expiration date for an...more

Rogers Towers: 2010 Legislative Session - Growth Management Legislation

Relatively few bills relating to growth management have been introduced in this session due to the pending statewide vote on Amendment 4. However, in response to court challenges to Senate Bill 360, which became law last...more

Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Palmer Case - Are Inclusionary Zoning Practices Due For Change?

On October 22, 2009, the California Supreme Court decided not to review the Court of Appeal's decision in the landmark Palmer/Sixth Street Properties v. City of Los Angeles case. [See SMRH Blog 08/18/2009, for detailed...more

The EPA Uses the Clean Air Act to Propose New Rules Intended to Reduce GHG Emissions from Large Emitters

In a move certain to fuel the debate over climate change legislation in Congress, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (the "EPA") recently revealed a new proposal to regulate greenhouse gas ("GHG") emissions from power...more

Déjà Vu: Pennsylvania Re-Amends Its Lien Law to Again Permit Broad Waivers of Lien Rights on Residential Property Projects

The passage of amendments in 2006 to the Pennsylvania Mechanics' Lien Law of 1963 (the "Lien Law") was a focus of considerable discussion. For the first time in 43 years, the Pennsylvania legislature revisited the statute and...more

Green Building Update - July 17, 2009

IN THIS ISSUE: *Senate likely to amend ACES *Green Building Focus ..Book: The Greening of IT ..SF green datacenter conference *When LEED certification fails *CRA ups green building standards in L.A. *Navitas...more

New Jersey Adopts Law Permitting Conversion of Age-Restricted Housing Units to Non-Age-Restricted Housing Units and Modifies Laws...

On July 2, 2009, N.J. Gov. Jon Corzine enacted S-2577 (sponsored by Sen. Paul Sarlo, Sen. Joseph Vitale, assemblymen Louis Greenwald and Joseph Malone, and assemblywoman Nilsa Cruz-Perez), which allows for the conversion of...more

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