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Appellate Court Rejects CEQA Challenges to Development in Santa Ana - BB&K Team Represented City

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

In a decision that supports both history and progress, a California appellate court on Wednesday rejected several legal challenges to a residential project on a portion of a former orchard. Representing the City of Santa Ana,...more

Conservation Easement Opportunities: Protecting Natural Resources While Receiving Tax Savings

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Conservation easements may be a great example of "doing well by doing good." They help conserve fish and wildlife, clean water, natural habitats, historic properties, farmland, and timberland. They also provide other public...more

West Coast Real Estate Update - May 2017 - #3

by Holland & Knight LLP on

L.A. to Legalize Residential Units Previously Created in Violation of Building Code - On May 10, 2017, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved an ordinance that would permit previously unapproved dwelling...more

Breaking: Mass. SJC Overhauls SLAPP Statute Practice

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

The Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) today issued two decisions which together make important changes in how Massachusetts courts apply the often troublesome SLAPP statute, M.G.L. c. 231, § 59H, enacted in 1994. While of general...more

Rock Hill Golf and Country Club Joins Brookhaven’s Golf Course District

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

On April 27, 2017, the Town Board of the Town of Brookhaven approved a change of zone for Rock Hill Golf and Country Club from a one-acre residential lot zone to the Golf Course District. Manorville’s Rock Hill is the first...more

Deadline Extended for D.C. Comprehensive Plan Amendment Proposals

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The District of Columbia Office of Planning (OP) has extended the deadline for individuals and groups to submit proposed amendments to D.C.'s Comprehensive Plan, which guides future growth and development in the District. OP...more

The Ontario Municipal Board may be no more

by Dentons on

The Province of Ontario announced changes to the land use planning appeals system this morning. Although the Province had publicly indicated it would not abolish the Ontario Municipal Board (O.M.B.), these changes will do...more

Deadline Approaching for D.C. Comprehensive Plan Amendment Proposals

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The deadline is approaching for individuals and groups to submit proposed amendments to the District of Columbia's Comprehensive Plan, which guides future growth and development in the District. May 26 is the last day of the...more

Higher Temperatures, Rising Water Levels and Preparing for a Sea Change in Real Estate

Climatologists predict that sea levels will continue to rise in the coming years and that temperatures will increase, causing the frequency and intensity of hurricane-like storms to grow. These scenarios present challenges...more

Ting Density Bonus Legislation Now Limited to San Francisco

As reported in our prior blog post, Assemblymember Phil Ting (D – San Francisco) introduced amendments to the State Density Bonus law (AB 915) that would specifically require all local jurisdictions to impose their local...more

West Coast Real Estate Update - May 2017 - #2

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Federal Court Upholds Termination of Navy Lease Bid Due to Environmental Concerns - In Open Spirit, LLC v. United States, No. 15-370C (Fed. Cl. filed April 28, 2017), the U.S. Court of Federal Claims upheld the...more

Governor's Zika Virus Orders Extend Deadlines for Development Permits

by Holland & Knight LLP on

An 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 development...more

Supreme Court of California Ruling Elevates Responsible Agency Role Under CEQA - City's EIR Erred by Failing to Fully Disclose and...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In Banning Ranch Conservancy v. City of Newport Beach, et al., the Supreme Court of California held that lead agencies need to expressly disclose and consider the jurisdictional claims and regulatory opinions of responsible...more

Beware The Restrictive Covenant

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Also known as negative easements, restrictive covenants can wreak havoc on the ability to develop property. Recently, in our real estate practice at Farrell Fritz, we have seen two alarming examples....more

Top Ten Takeaways From Combatting NIMBYism Breakfast Briefing - Understanding and Combatting Objections to Real Estate...

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On April 25th, Foley hosted a Land Use Connection Breakfast Briefing on Combatting NIMBYism. Donna Pugh, Land Use Real Estate Partner, served as the moderator for the event. We had three featured presenters as well: Doug...more

Dan Bailey Testifies Before Massachusetts Legislature on House Bill No. 1112, “An Act Improving Housing Opportunities and the...

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

The Massachusetts Legislature is considering a bill that seeks to reform zoning law and simplify the process for developers to build housing. Pierce Atwood real estate partner Daniel J. Bailey appeared on behalf of the...more

Renting Your House out Online? Better Check the Zoning Ordinance First

Property owners should take care to review local ordinances before listing their homes and apartments as vacation rentals online. Over the past few years, the use of websites like Airbnb, VRBO and HomeAway, which allow users...more

Henrico County Begins Updating Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Developers in Henrico County, Va., have long known that the county’s zoning and subdivision ordinances lack the flexibility needed for multifaceted projects or those outside the “traditional zoning box.” This has often...more

Changes in Real Estate legislation in Russia

by Dentons on

Quarter 1 of 2017 - Amendments to the federal laws - RF Government Resolution No. 1357 On Approval of the Regulation on the Adoption by a Regional Cultural Heritage Site Protection Authority of a Decision Providing for...more

Town Of Southampton Decides Not To Require Updated Certificates Of Occupancy For Property Transfers

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

The Town of Southampton recently held several public hearings to consider a local law requiring an updated certificate of occupancy prior to all property transfers. Specifically, the local law proposed amending Town Code...more

Valuing Underground Natural Gas Storage in Eminent Domain Proceedings

by Nossaman LLP on

In California eminent domain proceedings, a property owner is entitled to the “fair market value” of the property being acquired. Typically, fair market value is determined by analyzing comparable sales or by utilizing an...more

The Grave Reality of a Cemetery on Your Property

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

A huge fan of the Hill Country, Skare D. Katz buys a large piece of undeveloped land from the Solable Family outside of Austin. Skare D. plans to build a ranch for retirement. One Saturday while Skare D. is visiting the...more

Is Your Neighbor’s Dock on Your Property?

by Varnum LLP on

I've always envied accountants because their busy season ends when the weather starts to get nice. As a riparian rights attorney, I have the opposite problem. When lake season approaches, and docks and lifts are installed, my...more

Oportunidad adicional para una mayor extensión de permisos de construcción y órdenes de desarrollo

Debido a la reciente declaración del gobernador Scott acerca del estado de emergencia por el virus del Zika, quienes cuenten con permisos y órdenes de desarrollo tienen otra oportunidad para suspender el período restante para...more

Additional Opportunity for Increased Extension of Building Permits and Development Orders: Interested parties must notify issuing...

Due to Governor Scott's recent expansion of the State of Emergency issued for the Zika Virus, holders of permits and development orders have another opportunity to toll the period remaining to exercise rights under the permit...more

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