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[Event] Nossaman's 2017 California Coastal Law Conference - October 10th, La Jolla, CA

by Nossaman LLP on

Nossaman LLP invites you to join us for the 3rd Coastal Law Conference at The Lodge at Torrey Pines in San Diego. This in-depth seminar will feature officials from the California Coastal Commission and State Lands Commission,...more

The Texas Tree Mitigation Fee Credit Bill is Resurrected from the Dead

by Jackson Walker on

Many developers must remove existing trees in order to build new homes or buildings. Some cities have required developers to pay fees, known as tree mitigation fees, as a condition for permitting the removal of the trees....more

Land Use Lessons from the Eye of the Hurricane

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

As I write this article, powerful Hurricane Irma is bearing down on Florida, and Hurricane Jose is close behind it, farther out in the Atlantic Ocean. Hurricane Irma has already devastated parts of the Caribbean Islands, and...more

Well, Isn't That a Special Use? Navigating the Special Use Permit Process in North Carolina

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

North Carolina statutes provide that cities and counties may issue special use permits in accordance with the principles, conditions, safeguards, and procedures specified in their zoning regulations. A special use permit...more

Richmond’s Master Plan Update: A Rare Opportunity for the Real Estate Development Industry

by Williams Mullen on

On July 18, 2017, the City of Richmond formally initiated an update to the City-wide Master Plan, which it named “Richmond 300: A Guide for Growth”. Intended as a roadmap for the City’s development over the next 25 years, the...more

Podcast Episode 7 - Water and Condemnation with Professor Vanessa Casado Perez

by Locke Lord LLP on

Locke Lord LLP’s Eminent Domain team hosts an original podcast series. In Episode 7, two of Locke Lord’s Dallas Partners, Clint Schumacher and Jeff Mead, talk with Professor Vanessa Casado Perez on Water and Condemnation....more

Comfort Stations May Be Permitted Uses of Public Streets

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

After Hurricane Sandy devastated Long Beach and its boardwalk in 2012, officials sought to reconstruct the city’s iconic esplanade. As part of the rebuild, the Long Beach City Council determined to award contracts for the...more

Rezonings and Text Amendments in Pennsylvania: Procedural and Substantive Considerations

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Often a real estate developer will encounter a zoning ordinance that does not permit the developer’s desired use or physical structure on the property. In these circumstances, the developer may pursue a rezoning of the...more

The Special Economic Zones system extended to cover the entire territory of Poland

by Dentons on

The Polish government has just announced plans to replace the existing Special Economic Zones (SEZ) — scheduled to expire in 2026 — with a new system of permits providing a tax exemption for investments made anywhere in...more

404/Wetland Enforcement: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Residential Developer Enter into Consent Agreement

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and D.R. Horton, Inc., (“DRHI”) entered into an August 17th Consent Agreement and Final Order (“CA”) addressing alleged violations of Section 404 of the Clean Water...more

California Supreme Court Strengthens Development Permit Protections

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Municipalities will have greater protection against land-use litigation after the California Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling last month that property owners who proceed with permitted development projects will forfeit the...more

Issues, challenges and opportunities in the real estate and housing sector in Côte d’Ivoire

by Dentons on

For many years, population growth, combined with sustained urbanisation, has created enormous needs in all sectors, including the housing sector, in Côte d'Ivoire....more

Fourth Appellate District Upholds City of San Diego’s Rejection of Subdivision Project and Related MND

by Downey Brand LLP on

CEQA decisions usually arise in the context of a challenge to a lead agency’s approval of a project and a related CEQA document. However, in a recent decision, Kutzke v. City of San Diego (2017) 11 Cal.App.5th 1034...more

How to Fight City Hall, Part II

by Clark Hill PLC on

To the extent that an ordinance in ambiguous, it must be interpreted in favor of the property owner. I recently overturned an adverse decision against a client by the Webster Township Zoning Board of Appeals. In that...more

Developer Asks SCOTUS To Hear Fla. Takings Case

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

A Florida developer petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a $10 million takings case against the Florida Department of Environmental Protection The developer alleged that the DEP’s denial of a development permit for a...more

How to Fight City Hall, Part I

by Clark Hill PLC on

A city ordinance cannot give the city powers beyond those delegated to it by its citizens in its charter. I recently obtained an injunction against the City of Royal Oak preventing it from compelling property owners to pay...more

Seattle Waterfront’s Local Improvement District: An Introduction

The Seattle Waterfront Project is a step closer in its plans for redevelopment, or at least a step closer in estimating a piece of its funding. Earlier this month, the City of Seattle received a feasibility study revealing...more

How to Avoid Getting Your Deed Rejected for Recording, Part 3: 10 Fail-Safe Tips to Insure Success

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

On July 11, 2016, we authored Part One in an ongoing series discussing the mechanics of how to successfully record a deed in the State of New York, wherein we discussed the various types of ownership interests and how they...more

Florida Governor Extends Deadlines for Development Permits Due to Zika Virus

by Holland & Knight LLP on

An extended opportunity to obtain substantial permit and development order extensions is available as a result of Emergency Orders issued by Florida Gov. Rick Scott because of the Zika virus. To date, holders of certain...more

Florida Development Permits Eligible for Extension Due to Tropical Storm Emily

by Holland & Knight LLP on

A permit and development order extension opportunity is available as a result of the threat posed to Florida by the recent Tropical Storm Emily. Holders of certain development orders can request an additional six months to...more

Court Signals That Local Government Cannot Easily Evade Redevelopment Agreements

by Cole Schotz on

In a decision that bodes well for developers, the New Jersey Appellate Division upheld the enforceability of a long-term settlement agreement between certain Jersey City property developers (the “Developers”) and the City...more

Fire Protection Districts' Authority to Enforce State Fire Marshal Standards and Regulations Reiterated in California AG Opinion -...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The California Attorney General has reiterated fire protection districts’ broad authority to enforce building standards and regulations disseminated by the State Fire Marshal, including for residential occupancies and...more

Property Owner to Maintain Public Beach Access Over Coastal Property - California Court of Appeal Weighs in on California Coastal...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Under the California Coastal Act, a beachfront property owner must maintain public access over his property — and will be required to seek a Coastal Development Permit if he wishes to limit such public access, a California...more

Sustainable Development Update - August 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - U.S. cities increasingly focused on resilience, but funding challenges persist - Urban Land - Aug 14 - The increased emphasis being placed by cities on embedding resilience into...more

Breaking news in NSW planning law - Greater Sydney and Wollongong Councillors to be excluded from all development decisions, and...

by Dentons on

The Environmental Planning and Assessment and Electoral Legislation Amendment (Planning Panels and Enforcement) Act 2017 (NSW) (the Local Planning Panel Act) and the Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Staged...more

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