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Banking Agencies Address Disaster Relief for Hurricane Harvey Victims

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Several federal agencies have issued reminders and requirements related to banking and credit services for borrowers affected by Hurricane Harvey.  We previously reported on mortgage-related guidance issued by Fannie Mae,...more

MassDevelopment’s “Commonwealth Places” Program Contributes to Successful Project in Downtown Ashland

by Bowditch & Dewey on

Last month, a new public space named “The Corner Spot” opened in downtown Ashland, Massachusetts, to considerable fanfare. Lauded as a “downtown destination“, the Corner Spot is essentially a community gathering space that...more

A Shadow Cast Over Boston’s Building Boom

There has been a law on the books in Massachusetts since 1990 restricting the construction of tall buildings that would cast what some might view as unsightly shadows over the Boston Common and Public Garden. With no open...more

Philadelphia Reorganizes Development-Related Agencies

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Effective July 1, 2017, the City of Philadelphia established a single Department of Planning and Development. The Department will have three divisions. The Division of Planning and Zoning will include the Art Commission,...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

U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Review a Legal Challenge to Mello-Roos Special Taxes - Funding Mechanism for “Additional Services”...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court this week declined to hear a development association’s petition for review of a California Court of Appeal’s decision that the Mello-Roos Act of 1972 allows the City of San Ramon to levy a special tax...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

Local Government in the Crosshairs

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

While Washington’s promise of a trillion dollar infrastructure program is providing a distraction, a closer examination reveals localities and local infrastructure are under attack across the board. The assault on local...more

Housebuilding and planning news round-up, Spring 2017

by Dentons on

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

Appellate Group News: 2016 Year In Review

by Murtha Cullina on

The Appellate Practice Group of Murtha Cullina is regularly trusted to handle appeals by trial counsel within and outside the firm, as well as individuals and institutional clients. We are grateful for these opportunities and...more

City of L.A. Accepting Comments on Guidelines for Transit-Oriented Communities Incentive Program

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Los Angeles Department of City Planning is accepting comments on draft guidelines for a new transit-based affordable housing incentive program. The new program is required by Measure JJJ (adopted by voters in November...more

New Markets Tax Credits – the Best Kept Secret in Financing Public Projects

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Right before Thanksgiving 2016, the federal government announced the release of $7 billion of tax credits aimed at spurring private equity investment into projects in low income communities. Administered through the U.S....more

HUD Issues New Broadband Mandates

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

As most prepared for the holiday season, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development converted two broadband mandate proposals into orders and published them in the Federal Register. “Narrowing the Digital Divide...more

Looking Forward: New California Laws for Public Agencies

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Like years past, there were plenty of laws passed in Sacramento in 2016 that will impact public agencies. Here is a summary of those that have specific importance to your work. We hope that you will contact us for further...more

Uniform Guidance and Procurement Nearly Two Years after 2 C.F.R. Part 200

Since the joint interim final rule, 2 C.F.R. Part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance), became effective on December 26, 2014: - the U.S....more

A Plethora of Propositions: Real Estate Tax, Land Use and Governance on the San Francisco Ballot

Admittedly the issues may appear benign compared to the Presidential race and the drugs, sex and other provocative topics on the state ballot. But San Francisco voters again face a long list of significant local propositions...more

Props L and M Would Shift Authority from Mayor to Board of Supervisors

Members of the Board of Supervisors have proposed two important Propositions for the November ballot that would amend the City Charter and shift authority over certain City agencies and Departments from the Mayor’s Office to...more

Pennsylvania is Back on the Clock with the Development Permit Extension Act

by Barley Snyder on

A government-approved “time-out” on commercial and residential development in Pennsylvania is ending, and could lead to a surge of development throughout the state. The sluggish economy of the recent recession spurred...more

Regulators Publish Updates to CRA Guidance

The federal bank regulatory agencies adopted revisions to the interagency guidance on the Community Reinvestment Act, focusing on alternative systems for delivering retail banking services, innovative or flexible lending...more

Real Estate and Land Use - August 2016 #2

Proactive Predevelopment for Successful P3s - A new report was recently published by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) called Successful Public/Private Partnerships: From Principles to Practice. The report provides valuable...more

What Does Mayor Barry’s New Affordable Housing Initiative Mean For You?

by Burr & Forman on

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry recently proposed a new incentive program for developers to offer affordable and workforce housing within existing and new construction.  The proposal may provide significant economic benefits to...more

Proposed Rule Changes to Florida’s Affordable Housing Allocation and Funding Process

by Carlton Fields on

The Florida Housing Finance Corporation (“Florida Housing”) has proposed changes to its rules governing the affordable housing allocation and funding process. The changes are to Rule Chapters 67-21, 67-48, and 67-60, F.A.C....more

Missouri legislation limits municipal approval of tax increment financings and increases financial oversight of designated...

by Dentons on

Three new measures signed into law by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon on June 29 will have lasting implications for the creation and administration of tax increment financings (TIFs), community improvement districts (CIDs) and...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: June 2016 #1

by Holland & Knight LLP on

California Governor Proposes "Build By Right" Approval Process for Affordable Housing - Recognizing the extreme need throughout California for construction of new affordable housing units, on May 13, 2016, Gov. Jerry...more

Eminent Domain for California’s Social Infrastructure

by Nossaman LLP on

While much of the focus in California lately has been on eminent domain for transportation projects, there’s some new condemnations moving forward in both Northern California and Southern California for social — or community...more

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