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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

Wading Through the Flood of New Housing Legislation

Having trouble keeping up with the seemingly endless torrent of new housing laws? You are not alone. Here is our summary of the key pending State and San Francisco legislation aimed at increasing housing/affordable housing...more

Affordable Housing Bonus Program Takes Shape in San Francisco

The State Density Bonus law has been in effect for almost 40 years, but it has required a prolonged housing crisis to push San Francisco to adopt a local implementing ordinance. Last year the Board of Supervisors adopted the...more

Ting Legislation Seeks to Pave the Way for Fees on Density Bonus Units

Assembly member Phil Ting (D – San Francisco) introduced new amendments to the State Density Bonus law on March 15, 2017 that would specifically require local jurisdictions to impose their local inclusionary housing...more

Competing Inclusionary Housing Proposals Introduced at the Board of Supervisors

Is the City another step closer to sorting out inclusionary housing requirements and implementation of Proposition C? Board of Supervisors members have introduced two competing ordinances that seek to call the question...more

Inclusionary Housing Recommendations a Mixed Bag for Developers

The City is one step closer to sorting out inclusionary housing requirements and local implementation of the State Density Bonus law now that the City Controller has released its final recommendations to the Board of...more

Can Zoning Stop Property Owners from Renting?

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Local governments may not rely on zoning rules to prohibit renters in multi-family housing developments. Many local governments (and residents) prefer property owners living in their communities rather than tenants. This...more

Senator Wiener Moves Quickly out of the Gate on Housing Bill

by Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass on

Shortly after being sworn in as California State Senator on Monday, former San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener introduced SB 35, placeholder legislation addressing barriers to housing production. The legislation currently...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: November 2016 #3

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Owners, Developers Face Challenges Converting Parking to E-Commerce Delivery Space - Because millennials make up an increasing number of urban residents, owners and developers of apartment and condominium buildings are...more

Housing is Top of Mind: Results of Bay Area Affordable Housing and Rent Control Measures

by Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass on

With rising housing costs remaining a priority concern for the region, affordable housing had a major presence on Bay Area ballots this November. As detailed below, voters in three municipalities and three counties across the...more

Voters Overwhelmingly Approve ‘Build Better LA’ Initiative Resulting in New Affordable Housing and Local Hiring Requirements For...

Voters this week approved Measure JJJ, otherwise known as the Build Better L.A. initiative (the “Initiative”), which establishes new labor and affordable-housing requirements for developers in Los Angeles seeking...more

Recent Reports Highlight Negative Consequences of Local Barriers to New Housing Development, Call for State-Level Solutions

by Miller Starr Regalia on

California’s housing crisis is well-understood and documented. A chief culprit is the fact that the state’s coastal urban areas, for various reasons, do not approve enough new housing to accommodate everyone who seeks to...more

California Coastal Act Takes Priority Over Housing Density Laws

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Court Decision Provides Guidance for Affordable Housing Units within the Coastal Zone - The Second District Court of Appeal recently held that local agencies may be required to grant affordable housing density bonuses...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: October 2016

by Holland & Knight LLP on

California Coastal Act Blocks Housing Project in Venice Despite Earlier Approvals - Judge James C. Chalfant of the California Court of Appeal on Sept. 29, 2016, affirmed a lower court ruling denying a developer’s...more

Court Resolves Tensions Between Housing Laws and Coastal Act in Favor of Coastal Act

by Miller Starr Regalia on

On September 29, 2016, in a case of first impression, the Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District addressed the tensions between the requirements of the Housing Accountability Act, Density Bonus Law, and Mello Law...more

HUD Issues Year-End Closing Deadlines for Mixed-Finance Deals

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently issued a memo outlining its processing schedule for mixed-finance projects targeted to close by the end of 2016. According to HUD’s Office of Public Housing...more

Developers Who Elect Not to Pay Comprehensive Permit Fees in Full Proceed at Their Peril

by Mintz Levin on

The Massachusetts Appeals Court issued an opinion on August 29, 2016, that has significant ramifications for developers seeking Comprehensive Permits for affordable housing projects under chapter 40B of the Massachusetts...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

Update on Small Scale Developments

by Reed Smith on

Following on from our posting about the removal of the exemption of small scale developments from affordable housing contributions, please note that the Court of Appeal reversed the High Court’s decision. The Court of Appeal...more

Massachusetts Appeals Court Imposes Higher Hurdle For Master Plan to Defeat 40B Project

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

In another setback to opponents of Chapter 40B affordable housing projects, the Massachusetts Appeals Court upheld the Housing Appeals Committee’s (HAC) creation of a seemingly more rigorous four-part test that appears to...more

Denver Proposing New Development Fee to Pay for Affordable Housing

Despite some concerns that the real estate market is slowing down, the city's data indicates that the real estate and job market in Denver continue to expand, creating an acknowledged gap between wages and housing costs....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

Sustainable Development Update - May 2016 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Energy efficiency is a must for California buildings moving forward - Los Angeles Daily News - May 14 - Energy efficient homes like those at Skylar at Playa Vista in Los...more

Small Developments Affordable Housing News

by Reed Smith on

Welcome news for developers of small sites. Following the government’s successful appeal last week against the decision in the West Berkshire Council and Reading Borough Council case nearly a year ago, the National...more

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