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Sustainable Development Update - June 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - California and New York just sued to protect Obama’s final energy rules - Washington Post - Jun 14 - Eleven states, led by California and New York, have sued the Trump...more

Ballard submits comments on HUD’s regulatory reform agenda

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Ballard Spahr submitted comments in response to HUD’s request for assistance in identifying existing regulations that may be outdated, ineffective, or excessively burdensome. ...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

HUD Secretary States: RAD – “We need to lift the cap”

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

At the National Housing Conference 2017 Annual Policy Symposium on June 9, 2017, HUD Secretary Ben Carson delivered the keynote address and participated in a Q&A session with Chris Estes, President and CEO of NHC. While much...more

HUD Regulatory Reform

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The new HUD administration has been pretty quiet on the regulatory front, with only a handful of regulations and notices issued since January. That may change soon. HUD is hard at work identifying regulatory changes that...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

Ninth Circuit Applies Replacement Value in Cramdown Even If Lower Than Liquidation Value

In a decision that addresses the value to apply to a secured creditor’s collateral facing cramdown, the Ninth Circuit, sitting en banc, reaffirms that, in determining cramdown value, a secured creditor is only entitled to the...more

Request for IRS Guidance on LIHTC Issues

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Last week at the annual meeting of the American Bar Association Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development (Forum), Michael Novey, Associate Tax Legislative Counsel, Office of Tax Policy, U.S. Department of the...more

Trump Administration Proposes $6.2 Billion Budget Cut to HUD

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Last week the Trump Administration issued its FY2018 federal budget, which begins October 1. The plan would reduce HUD funding by $6.2 billion, changing the agency’s total funding from $46.9 billion in 2017 to $40.7 billion....more

TODAY– June 1st – Revised RAD Forms Must Be Used

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Earlier in May, HUD received approval from the Office of Management and Budget of the final, revised form RAD documents. HUD had previously solicited two rounds of public comment as part of the Paperwork Reduction Act...more

San Francisco Approves Ordinance Expanding Density Bonuses for Affordable Projects

Almost 18 months after it was introduced, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors recently approved Ordinance 150969, which creates development bonuses for private development projects where at least 30% of the units are...more

2017 Vermont Legislative Session | The Year in Review - DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team Final Analysis

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

A May 18th adjournment brought to a close the first half of the 74th biennial session of the Vermont General Assembly. Drama awaits as Gov. Phil Scott has threatened to veto H.518, the fiscal year 2018 budget, over an...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

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Spokesperson Says Governor Paul LePage Will Not Seek Senator King’s U.S. Senate Seat - A...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

Ontario introduces sweeping changes to residential real estate market with Fair Housing Plan

by DLA Piper on

On April 20, 2017, the Ontario government unveiled its Fair Housing Plan (“FHP”). Pursuant to the FHP, the Ontario government will introduce sweeping legislative changes to Ontario's residential real estate sector, with the...more

New York's 421-a Tax Exemption for New Residential Buildings is Back

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The New York State Legislature has passed and Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation re-establishing the 421-a Tax Exemption Program after a nearly two-year hiatus. The program, which was first put in place in the early...more

New 421-a Legislation

The recently adopted state budget bill included the long-awaited revisions to the 421-a program. These amendments to the Real Property Law, dubbed the “Affordable New York Housing Program,” provide partial exemptions from...more

Secretary Ben Carson Kicks Off Public Housing P3

This week, Miami-Dade County hosted Dr. Ben Carson, the Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, at the Liberty Square public-housing development, one of the oldest in the nation. The...more

Financial Services Weekly News - April 2017 #2

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - Removal for Cause or Business as Usual? On April 5, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray testified before the House Financial Services Committee to give his semi-annual...more

News From the Vermont Statehouse - An Analysis from DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Team - April 2017

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

Trial Bar Proposes Anti-Ride-Sharing Amendments to Insurance Bill - The Senate Judiciary Committee considered amendments this week proposed by the Vermont Trial Lawyers Association that would likely force Uber out of...more

McClain Weighs in on Potential Effect of Trump Budget Cuts on Affordable Housing

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In an interview with U.S. News and World Reports on “The Future of Affordable Housing in the Trump Era,” Amy McClain, who leads Ballard Spahr’s government-assisted housing practice (and is a frequent Housing Plus blogger),...more

Housebuilding and planning news round-up, Spring 2017

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In the midst of a housing crisis, it is no surprise that housebuilding initiatives continue to dominate the UK headlines. The government's recent housing White Paper, with its array of proposals ranging from simplifying the...more

Baltimore’s Homeless Youth: The Cost of Eliminating the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Market

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (“LIHTC”) is one of the most important resources for creating affordable housing in the United States today. Created by the Tax Reform Act of 1986, the LIHTC program gives State and local...more

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