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Redefining the Denominator: Supreme Court Adopts New Test in Regulatory Taking Case 

In Murr v. Wisconsin, the US Supreme Court declined to find that a landowner's riverfront property was the subject of a regulatory taking. In a 5-3 decision, the majority adopted a new test for defining the bounds of the...more

U.S. Supreme Court: State Law Merging Lots in Common Ownership Not a Regulatory Taking

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In an interesting twist, eight members of the U.S. Supreme Court agreed on June 23, 2017, in the case of Murr v. Wisconsin, No. 15-214, that state regulations making two adjoining lots held in common ownership into a single...more

2017 Legislative Update: New Laws Impacting Commercial Real Estate Clients

by Sands Anderson PC on

On July 1, 2017, new laws passed during the 2017 General Assembly session will go into effect in Virginia that may impact you as someone interested in commercial real estate. They run the gamut of issues touching on the real...more

It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s A Floating Zone

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

According to the American Planning Association, a “floating zone” is a zoning district that “delineates conditions” rather than the more traditional use classifications that are typically found on zoning maps. While a...more

Real Estate Investment in Africa: Is the Honeymoon Over?

by DLA Piper on

The environment for real estate investment in Africa contains a perplexing mix of positive and negative factors. This is quite apart from the obvious fact that, in a continent of 54 countries and wide variations in levels...more

Development Rights and Responsibility Agreements: The Give and Take of Development

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Under Maryland law, the rights of a land developer to develop property for commercial or residential uses generally do not “vest” until there is some visible, lawful, construction on the property. Of course, development of a...more

Public Comment Requested on Revisions to Precondemnation Right of Entry Statutes

by Nossaman LLP on

When public agencies analyze a potential public project, they often need to gain access to private property for surveys, testing, and to otherwise investigate whether a particular property is suitable for a planned project. ...more

City Must Save Neighborhoods From the Tangled-Title Epidemic

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Inga Saffron's recent Inquirer article drew a powerful connection between gentrification and the issue of tangled titles. With home values in certain neighborhoods rising, and properties becoming more attractive to outside...more

Crossing the line? Obtaining Building Permits for Decks in CIC’s

by Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC on

As summer gets into full swing, Minnesotans spend more time outdoors, and some community association members make plans to build or replace decks attached to their homes. In many cases, such decks extend beyond the unit...more

California Supreme Court Hands Victory to Private Property Owners Over Public Use

by Snell & Wilmer on

In 1970 the California Supreme Court held that, under certain circumstances, private property owners impliedly dedicate their property to the public if they permit the public to use it. Gion v. City of Santa Cruz (1970) 2...more

A Prevailing Party May Now Recover Attorney’s Fees in a Vested Rights Dispute

by Jackson Walker on

Chapter 245 of the Texas Local Government Code (the “Vested Rights Statute”), provides a regulatory scheme in which developers and the public may rely upon regulations of a regulatory agency in effect at the time an initial...more

NVM-koopovereenkomst in een nieuw jasje (Dutch)

by Dentons on

From 1 May 2017, the NVM will use a new model purchase agreement. The new NVM purchase agreement contains a number of changes to the NVM purchase agreement from 2014. For a detailed explanation of the changes, the article of...more

The Ethics Advisor: Cuidado with Decisions that Hit Too Close to Home (Literally)

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Mi casa es su casa is a good rule of thumb in a close, tight-knit community, and welcoming friends and neighbors into the fold for celebrations and gatherings is ingrained in many peoples’ DNA. Nevertheless, when it comes to...more

Update – City of Los Angeles Affordable Housing Linkage Fee

The City of Los Angeles continues to move toward the adoption of an ordinance that establishes an Affordable Housing Linkage Fee (Ordinance). As currently proposed, the key provisions of the Ordinance are as follows...more

Private Wealth - Chambers Global Practice Guide

by DLA Piper on

Since 2012, the transaction and building activity in the major cities of Denmark has been steadily increasing, and in 2016 this activity rose to the record levels seen before the financial crisis. Prices have also reached...more

Development contributions set to rise – an end to the cap and extension of State infrastructure contributions

by Dentons on

On 1 June, the NSW Government announced a package of reforms intended to improve housing affordability. These reforms were said to be focused on assisting first home buyers. However, there are some changes proposed which...more

The Battle for LA: The Dueling Priorities of Density and Neighborhood Preservation

As Los Angeles continues to struggle with lagging development pace as compared to the national pace of housing creation, communities across the city grapple with the potential implications of permitting increased density. The...more

Board of Supervisors to Consider Compromise Inclusionary Housing Legislation

On June 5, the Land Use and Transportation Committee of the Board of Supervisors will consider compromise inclusionary housing legislation. As shown in our summary comparison chart, the legislation would generally retain...more

Forfeitures for Ordinance Violations - When Are They Excessive?

by Ruder Ware on

An age-old problem faced by municipal officials is what to do about residents and landowners who fail to take care of their properties and allow junk, debris, and other unsightly items to accumulate.  This often leads to...more

What De Blasio’s Land Use Agenda Means for Brooklyn Real Estate Development

by Cozen O'Connor on

Even with all the development of the last 20 years, Brooklyn, the most populous of New York City’s five boroughs, now approaching 2.7 million residents, continues to attract strong interest from developers, each scouring the...more

The California Supreme Court Has a Banner Week, Hearing Argument in Three CEQA and Land Use Cases

by Downey Brand LLP on

On May 3–4, 2017, the California Supreme Court heard oral arguments in three cases with significant implications for California land use law. Below we summarize the main issue(s) argued in each matter and possible outcomes....more

What Tools Do Cities Need to Regulate Short-term Rentals?

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Beach to ski town and every city in between, it’s easier than ever to book vacation rentals. Today, travelers and homeowners are directly connected through the home-sharing websites Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway, FlipKey, and...more

Florida Changes Appraiser Licensing Law

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Florida has enacted a bill changing its appraiser licensing law. HB 927 includes changes advocated by the Appraisal Institute. The law defines an “evaluation” as a “valuation permitted by any federal financial institutions...more

Fourth District Holds Substantial Evidence Supports City of San Diego’s Rejection of MND and Denial of Minor Residential...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

In a short opinion filed May 17, 2017, and belatedly ordered published (for unknown reasons) just six days later, the Fourth District Court of Appeal reversed the trial court’s judgment granting a writ of mandate that set...more

Texas Considers Eminent Domain Bill

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Texas Senate approved an eminent domain bill intending to expand on current legislation. The bill’s author, State Senator Lois Kolkhorst, said “This bill is designed to build off of Senate Bill 18 six years later as we’ve...more

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