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Proposed Amendments to the St. Johns County Land Development Code

St. Johns County has proposed a series of amendments to the Land Development Code. The County will be holding a public workshop on July 7, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. in the first floor conference room of the Permit Center building at...more

New Application Process Takes Effect for New York Brownfield Cleanup Program, Additional Regulations Pending

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has announced that as of July 1, 2015, the reformed New York State Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) became effective. NYSDEC transitioned to a new...more

RLUIPA Suit Looms After Controversial Connecticut Church Denial

The Danbury Zoning Board of Appeals denied a church’s application for variances to develop an 18-acre parcel with a house of worship and priest residence. Now, Danbury could join the list of Connecticut municipalities that...more

An Air of Cooperation: The Residential Zero Net Energy Action Plan and its Implications for Local Governments and Agencies

The California Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan, first published by the California Public Utilities Commission in 2008 and updated in 2011, outlines California’s strategic goals to increase energy efficiency across myriad...more

Virginia Commercial Real Estate Bills – Effective July 1, 2015

Sands Anderson’s Commercial Real Estate Team followed the 2015 Virginia legislative session for bills related to the real estate industry. Below is our selection of the top five we felt you would find most relevant to your...more

Questions and Answers About Nonconforming Uses Under Pennsylvania Zoning Law

A nonconforming use may continue, and a nonconforming structure may stand, despite their current status of being in violation of a zoning ordinance. What is a nonconforming use? A nonconforming use is a land use...more

The Supreme Court Recognizes but Limits Disparate Impact in its Fair Housing Act Decision

On June 25, 2015, the Supreme Court, by a 5-4 margin, upheld the application of disparate impact under the Fair Housing Act (“FHA”) in Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc....more

Urgent Update: After Supreme Court Ruling, Expect Greater CFPB Scrutiny of Disparate Impact in Lending

The U.S. Supreme Court’s surprising disparate-impact ruling on June 25, 2015 regarding tax-credit allotments and discrimination means lenders need to take a hard look at their policies and operations. The Court ruled 5-4...more

California Supreme Court Upholds San Jose’s Inclusionary Housing Ordinance

In California Building Industry Association v. City of San Jose (Case No. S212072, filed June 15, 2015), the California Supreme Court upheld an inclusionary housing ordinance imposing affordable housing requirements as a...more

California's Highest Court Upholds San Jose's Affordable Housing Ordinance

Requirement to construct or provide affordable housing is permissible under California Constitution police powers - This week, in a long awaited decision, California Building Industry Association v. City of San Jose,...more

Action Needed – FY 2016 Appropriations Bill may cut HOME program funding by 93%

The Fiscal Year 2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Subcommittee has proposed critical markups to the Year 2016 Appropriations Bill. One of the most dramatic funding cuts all but...more

Government & Regulatory Law Update June 2015: California Supreme Court Holds That the City of San Jose’s Inclusionary Housing...

On June 15, 2015, the California Supreme Court issued its decision in California Building Industry Association v. City of San Jose, addressing the legal standards to be used in determining the constitutionality of ordinances...more

Mutual Water Companies: A Water Supply Option for Multifamily and Residential Developments

With the ongoing drought in California, multifamily and residential subdivision developers who encounter difficulties in obtaining water service commitments for their projects from existing water suppliers may consider...more

California Supreme Court Paves the Way for Ownership Inclusionary Housing - Many Developers Maintain That the Costs Associated...

In a highly anticipated case affecting residential development throughout California, the California Supreme Court unanimously rejected the California Building Industry Association’s (CBIA) challenge to the City of San Jose’s...more

Amendments to Condominium Termination Law Impede Ability to Terminate

Responding to perceived abuses in condominium terminations, the 2015 Florida Legislature passed Chapter 2015-175, amending the termination provisions of the Condominium Act. This statute clears up certain problems experienced...more

California Supreme Court Upholds Validity of Inclusionary Housing Ordinances

On June 15, 2015, the California Supreme Court issued its decision in California Building Industry Association v. City of San Jose, No. S212072, unanimously upholding the validity of inclusionary housing programs in...more

Real Property – Court’s Power to Issue Equitable Easements

Lilli Shoen v. Juliet Zacarias - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (May 22, 2015) - A trial court has the power to issue an equitable easement authorizing a trespasser to continue her trespass in...more

California Supreme Court Rules that Ordinance Intended to Increase Number of Affordable Housing Units is a Lawful Exercise of the...

In one of the most widely followed land use cases in recent years, the Supreme Court of California unanimously upheld the City of San Jose’s affordable housing ordinance because it was intended to advance the constitutionally...more

California Supreme Court Holds Inclusionary Zoning Subject to Rational Basis Review

2013 was a banner year for developers under the takings clause, as both the U.S. Supreme Court and California Supreme Court issued decisions expanding the developers’ ability to challenge exactions as unconstitutional. In...more

California Supreme Court Endorses City Authority to Adopt Inclusionary Housing Ordinance

On June 15, 2015, in a decision that came as a surprise to many observers, the California Supreme Court unanimously rejected a challenge to San Jose’s inclusionary housing ordinance which had been filed by the California...more

California Supreme Upholds City of San Jose Inclusionary Housing Set-Aside Ordinance

Today, the California Supreme Court unanimously upheld the City of San Jose’s Inclusionary Housing Ordinance, rejecting a facial constitutional challenge brought in California Building Industry Association (CBIA) v. City of...more

CA Supreme Court Lays Groundwork for New and Expanded Affordable Housing Requirements

In a decision likely to have wide-ranging impacts on the building industry, the California Supreme Court has upheld the City of San Jose’s inclusionary housing ordinance and bolstered California cities’ ability to impose...more

Texas Becomes First State to Ban Fracking Bans

On May 18, 2015, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed House Bill 40 into law, putting restrictions on the ability of municipalities to regulate the oil and gas industry in their jurisdictions. Because the bill passed both the...more

California Supreme Court Holds Facial Challenge to Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance Subject to Deferential Standard of Review

In a decision with major repercussions for the building industry in California, the California Supreme Court unanimously rejected a constitutional challenge to San Jose's affordable housing ordinance. California Building...more

MDARD Workgroup Recommends Legislation to Support Urban Livestock Operations

Property owners who want to start or expand commercial livestock operations are required to go through a site verification process designed to ensure compliance with Michigan’s Generally Accepted Agricultural Management...more

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