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Trump Administration's Budget Blueprint Calls For Significant Impacts to Environmental Programs

The Trump Administration unveiled significant rollbacks in funding for federal agencies when it released its Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again on March 16, 2017. The President's proposed budget priorities would...more

Wading Through the Flood of New Housing Legislation

Having trouble keeping up with the seemingly endless torrent of new housing laws? You are not alone. Here is our summary of the key pending State and San Francisco legislation aimed at increasing housing/affordable housing...more

Wiener’s Streamlined Infill Housing Approvals Legislation Continues to Move Forward

We reported in December that State Senator Scott Wiener marked his first day in state office by introducing legislation (SB 35) to address barriers to housing production. Senator Wiener has introduced amendments to SB 35 that...more

Recycling Infrastructure Assets to Spur Infrastructure Investment

The Trump Administration has the admirable goal of encouraging infrastructure investment. One policy it may want to consider is promoting the recycling of existing municipal infrastructure assets. This policy was developed...more

Executive Order That Seeks to Undo Obama Administration's "Waters of the United States" Rule Has More Limited Immediate Impacts

Debate and uncertainty regarding the extent of federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act will continue under the Executive Order. On February 28, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order entitled “Restoring...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - March 2017 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus - Trump’s budget proposal slashes EPA funding - Washington Post - Mar 16 - President Trump on Thursday released his budget plan for the next fiscal year, which proposes cutting the...more

Ting Legislation Seeks to Pave the Way for Fees on Density Bonus Units

Assembly member Phil Ting (D – San Francisco) introduced new amendments to the State Density Bonus law on March 15, 2017 that would specifically require local jurisdictions to impose their local inclusionary housing...more

No Ifs, Ands, or Butts: Regulating Smoking Within Community Associations

The past twenty years have seen a dramatic uptick in the regulation of smoking, as dozens of states and hundreds of cities and counties have enacted laws making designated public places "smoke-free." For its part, the North...more

Changing Tide for Obama-era Water Rule

On February 28, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) directing the withdrawal of the controversial Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of...more

America’s Infrastructure Gets a D+

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has issued their 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, which assigns a letter grade to the nation’s infrastructure....more

Competing Inclusionary Housing Proposals Introduced at the Board of Supervisors

Is the City another step closer to sorting out inclusionary housing requirements and implementation of Proposition C? Board of Supervisors members have introduced two competing ordinances that seek to call the question...more

Infrastructure Plan Watch: Hearings, Meetings and a Speech… but no White House Proposal

The roller coaster “infrastructure” ride in Washington, D.C. continues. With bi-partisan and broad stakeholder interest from both the public and private sector in an infrastructure plan, Congress continues to hold hearings...more

Trump’s Trillion Dollar Infrastructure Investment Promise

A Trillion Dollar infrastructure investment is a good start, even though it’s highly unlikely that Congress would pass a bill requiring such a large expenditure. No one studying the issue doubts that the nation could probably...more

Mandatory inclusionary zoning in Ontario: But what does it change?

In June 2016, we provided an overview of the Province’s proposed inclusionary zoning legislation titled "Will Ontario green light mandatory inclusionary zoning?" ...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: March 2017

Gov. Brown Opposes Measure S - In a statement published less than two weeks before Los Angeles' Consolidated Municipal and Special Elections to be held on March 7, 2017, California Gov. Jerry Brown came out in opposition...more

Trump Executive Order Seeks to Limit Scope of Clean Water Act

The executive order asks agencies to repeal or revise an Obama-era rule defining the scope of the Clean Water Act and recommends adoption of a narrower standard articulated by the late Justice Scalia....more

The Executive Order on the WOTUS Rule: Will It Really Reduce Regulatory Uncertainty?

March 2nd, 2017, President Trump issued another executive order on the environment, this time directing EPA to revisit the EPA rule defining Waters of the United States under the Clean Water Act. It’s a curious order, for a...more

President Trump Orders Reexamination of Controversial Federal Power Grab Under Clean Water Act

The Clean Water Act, passed in 1972, allows the EPA and the Army Corp of Engineers to regulate many activities, including development and agriculture, to the extent these activities impact Waters of the United States. Such...more

Senate Confirms Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke

On March 1, 2017, the Senate confirmed Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) as Secretary of the Interior in a 68-31 bipartisan vote. He was sworn into the Cabinet later that day by Vice President Mike Pence. Zinke was able to attract...more

Executive Order Signals Federal Clean Water Act Jurisdiction Will Be Narrowed

In the latest chapter of the seemingly never-ending controversy over the Clean Water Act’s reach, on February 28, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order directing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S....more

Whither EPA

President Trump has proposed a dramatic cut in funding for the Environmental Protection Agency, the new EPA Administrator has suggested rollbacks in regulations, and there are even proposals to abolish the Agency entirely. ...more

President Trump Curbs Controversial WOTUS Rule

Two days ago, President Trump issued an executive order (Order) that will scale back the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (Corps) hotly contested “waters of the United States”...more

Executive Orders Expected this Week Regarding Clean Air and Water Act Rules

In addition to a January 20th Presidential Memorandum freezing all, not yet enacted, rules and sending them back to the agencies and Office of Management and Budget for reconsideration, and the utilization of the...more

Ukraine: Changes and amendments in the town-planning law

On 17 January 2017 Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted Law 1817-VIII "On Introduction of Changes and Amendments to Certain Legislation Acts of Ukraine regarding Improvement of Town-Planning Activity" (Law). The Law is signed by...more

President Trump Issues Memorandum On “Construction Of American Pipelines” -Prioritizes U.S.-Produced “Materials And Equipment”

On January 24, 2017, President Donald J. Trump signed a slate of executive orders and presidential memoranda focused on pipeline and other infrastructure projects. Along with memoranda that specifically concern the...more

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