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West Coast Real Estate Update: January 2017

Proposed Landmark Rules Could Make LA Redevelopment More Difficult - Los Angeles City Council Member Jose Huizar has proposed a new set of rules that could make it more difficult for owners of historic properties in Los...more

Law Alert: Villasenor v. Evans

Notice of Claim Statute Applies to Elected Official - In this case, the court of appeals confirmed that the notice of claim statute applies to elected officials. Villasenor was a consultant and lobbyist for a developer...more

I'm dreaming of a White Paper…

With an unusually warm 25th December forecast this year, the prospect of a white Christmas looks slim, but with the government's Housing White Paper due in early 2017 (The Year of the Rooster!), we consider what we might...more

State Density Bonus Law Debuts in San Francisco

The San Francisco Planning Commission took a major step on December 8, 2016, by approving the first market rate housing project to utilize the State Density Bonus law. The State law, which has been in effect for almost...more

Senator Wiener Moves Quickly out of the Gate on Housing Bill

Shortly after being sworn in as California State Senator on Monday, former San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener introduced SB 35, placeholder legislation addressing barriers to housing production. The legislation currently...more

Is There Practical Evidence of Climate Change?

A recent article in The New York Times titled: Perils of Climate Change Could Swamp Coast Real Estate, indicates that rising seas and storm-related flooding in Florida appear to be driven by climate change and may be having...more

Housing is Top of Mind: Results of Bay Area Affordable Housing and Rent Control Measures

With rising housing costs remaining a priority concern for the region, affordable housing had a major presence on Bay Area ballots this November. As detailed below, voters in three municipalities and three counties across the...more

San Francisco Election Results: Which Real Estate Measures Passed?

Prior to the November 8 election, we reported on the long list of local propositions on the San Francisco ballot, including a number of measures impacting real estate taxes, land use and governance. The results were of...more

Voters Overwhelmingly Approve ‘Build Better LA’ Initiative Resulting in New Affordable Housing and Local Hiring Requirements For...

Voters this week approved Measure JJJ, otherwise known as the Build Better L.A. initiative (the “Initiative”), which establishes new labor and affordable-housing requirements for developers in Los Angeles seeking...more

They Did What? Fire Sprinkler Industry Stunned by North Carolina Legislature’s Mistake in Removing Licensing Board’s Authority to...

North Carolina’s legislature mistakenly removed the authority for the State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating, and Fire Sprinkler Contractors (“State Board”) to issue certain crucial industry licenses. On July 1, 2016,...more

A Plethora of Propositions: Real Estate Tax, Land Use and Governance on the San Francisco Ballot

Admittedly the issues may appear benign compared to the Presidential race and the drugs, sex and other provocative topics on the state ballot. But San Francisco voters again face a long list of significant local propositions...more

Props L and M Would Shift Authority from Mayor to Board of Supervisors

Members of the Board of Supervisors have proposed two important Propositions for the November ballot that would amend the City Charter and shift authority over certain City agencies and Departments from the Mayor’s Office to...more

California Adopts Measures Targeting Multifamily Residential Buildings for Water Conservation

In an effort to encourage water conservation throughout California, Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed a bill into law that will require the owner of any multi-unit residential development constructed after Jan. 1, 2018 to...more

Illinois House Revenue Committee Holds Hearing on Vacancy Fraud Act

While overall there is little activity in the General Assembly, the House Revenue Committee is meeting today for a hearing on an interesting piece of property tax legislation. The hearing is on HB4363, which would create the...more

New 2016 Laws Impacting Commercial Real Estate in Virginia

Another session of Virginia’s General Assembly has now come and gone, adding one more chapter to the nearly four hundred year history of the country’s oldest law-making body. Over three thousand bills were proposed in the...more

UPDATE: New Fee for Affordable Housing Goes to Denver City Council Sept. 19

A bill proposing a new development impact fee for a permanent affordable housing fund moved on to the Denver City Council Wednesday.Bill No. 625, proposed by Mayor Michael Hancock and Councilmembers Robin Kniech and Albus...more

Is Redevelopment Quietly About to Grow in California?

Redevelopment has quite the lengthy history in California. Yet it has generally been “All Quiet on the Western Front” since redevelopment agencies were abolished in 2011 as part of Governor Brown’s plan to fix the state’s...more

Guv Wisely Eases Himself Away from High-Income Housing Easement

Charlie Baker stepped away this week from the case of the State House lawn easement for real estate developers. To do otherwise would have been foolish. Our governor is no fool....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

Will Ontario green light mandatory inclusionary zoning?

An overview of the proposed legislation - From the beginning of its term, part of this Liberal government’s mandate has been to improve access to affordable housing. On May 18, 2016, Bill 204, the Promoting Affordable...more

New Housing and Planning Act – finally

The government has committed to building 1 million homes in five years and is relying on the Housing and Planning Bill to help achieve that goal. The bill, however, has had a rocky ride through Parliament and only received...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: June 2016 #1

California Governor Proposes "Build By Right" Approval Process for Affordable Housing - Recognizing the extreme need throughout California for construction of new affordable housing units, on May 13, 2016, Gov. Jerry...more

Colorado Governor Signs Bill Allowing District Activity to Proceed

Yesterday, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law SB 16-211, which protects the most common tool for financing and constructing improvements necessary to serve new and existing development – districts formed under...more

Governor Seeks to Streamline Approval of Multifamily Housing Projects

In an effort to encourage housing production, Governor Jerry Brown has made a bold proposal to streamline the approval of certain multifamily housing projects that include a portion deed-restricted affordable units. The...more

Alert - City Increases Park/Quimby Fees for ALL Future Residential Buildings

As some of you are aware, the City Planning Department along with Parks and Recs have been pushing to increase the Quimby fees (Parks fees for new condo/for sale units) as well as to create new Park Fees for newly constructed...more

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