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Vested Rights – Court of Appeals Update

Sometimes called a “case of the race,” the common law doctrine of vested rights is “one of the most troublesome areas of land use regulation.” Exeter Building Corp v Town of Newburgh, 114 AD3d 774 [2d Dept 2014]....more

Update on Fairfax Forward Process

This is a follow up to our earlier briefing on the proposed revisions to the “Fairfax Forward process”. McGuireWoods’ lawyers have been working closely with County leadership and the land use bar to understand the proposed...more

Development Process Committee Agenda Released

FAIRFAX COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS - DEVELOPMENT PROCESS COMMITTEE MEETING - March 28, 2017 – 10:00am – Government Center Conference Room 11...more

The Dusky Gopher Frog Lives to Fight Another Day: Fifth Circuit Denies Rehearing

On February 13, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit denied Defendants’ Petition for Rehearing En Banc in the case titled Markle Interests, L.L.C., et al. v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, et al. The...more

Court of Appeal Clarifies Meaning of “Full Text” Requirement for Ballot Initiatives

On February 28, 2017, just six days after oral argument in Wilson v. County of Napa, __ Cal.App.5th __ (2016) (Case No. A149153), the Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District affirmed a trial court decision in favor...more

Fifth Circuit Rejects Petition For Banc Rehearing In ESA Case Markel Interests, LLC v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

On February 13, a sharply divided U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit , by a vote of 8 to 6, rejected a petition seeking an en banc rehearing of the court’s initial decision in the case of Markel Interests, LLC, et...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: January 2017 #2

California Prepares for Possible Rollback of Federal Water, Wetlands Regulations - Scott Pruitt, President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has discussed eliminating what he...more

Are Land Use Fees the Solution to Long Island’s Fiscal Challenges?

In an effort to generate revenue without raising taxes, many municipalities on Long Island, and elsewhere in New York State, are turning to the use of various forms of land development fees to meet their fiscal challenges. In...more

Fairfax County Policy Plan Amendment Supports Higher Intensities for Self-Storage and Data Center Uses

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors recently adopted a Policy Plan Amendment that will potentially open industrial planned areas County-wide by providing additional FAR for Data Center and Self-Storage uses. This much...more

Farrell Fritz Land Use Blog- 2016 Year in Review

Before we blog our way into 2017, we wanted to take a moment to review the topics that we blogged about in 2016 and to remind our readers that the land use practice group at Farrell Fritz is a diverse group of attorneys,...more

A Look Ahead at Construction in 2017

Most experts say that the construction industry will experience slow and continued growth throughout the new year. For example, according to Dodge Data & Analytics, construction in 2017 is anticipated to see moderate job...more

Ohio Legislature Concludes 131st General Assembly in Marathon Session Lasting Until 3:30 AM Last Friday

After a whirlwind final week of the lame duck session, where the Legislature passed various, often times emotion-evoking measures (including gun rights, abortion, unemployment compensation fund changes, municipal minimum wage...more

So Is This the Time for Developers to Think Big and Build Big?

On Monday 28 November 2016 the City of London’s Planning and Transport Committee approved (19 votes in favour, 2 against) a resolution to grant permission for the development known as 1 Undershaft which at 73 storeys will be...more

Discover What’s Ahead for Miami’s Condo Market

Significant issues facing the residential real estate industry in the coming year will be the topic of discussion on Wednesday, November 30 at the Urban Land Institute Southeast Florida & Caribbean’s annual Miami Condo &...more

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Issues Regulatory Guidance Letter on Approved Jurisdictional Determinations

Seyfarth Synopsis: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has just issued a Regulatory Guidance Letter which provides to property owners (including developers) the right of appeal USACE Approved Jurisdictional...more

Connecticut Finally Adopts New Building Code Effective October 1, 2016

After a public comment period ending this past August, the Connecticut Codes and Standards Committee voted to accept the proposed 2016 State Building Code and 2016 State Fire Safety Code. The new code replaces the 2005 State...more

Financing Increased Demand On Pre-Existing Services Constitutes “Additional Services”

California Court Decision Rules on Mello-Roos Community Facilities Act of 1982 - Community Facilities Districts formed by a landowner vote may be used to finance increased demand on pre-existing services, a California...more

Court Upholds City’s Communities Facilities District and Related Special Tax

The question of who should pay the cost of municipal services for new residential development is a vexing question. The answer is critically important to the developers and homebuilders who must finance and market their...more

The ILSA Condo Exemption – Not Out of the Woods Yet

The Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act (ILSA) is a federal statute that aims to prevent land sales fraud and uninformed purchases of unimproved real property by requiring registration of subdivisions with the Consumer...more

U.S. Supreme Court Denies U.S. Forest Service’s Petition for Review in Canadian Lynx Case

On October 11, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the U.S. Forest Service’s (“Forest Service”) petition for writ of certiorari to review the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit’s decision in Cottonwood Environmental...more

Town and Village Greens Update October 2016

Since we last posted on common land and town and village greens, there have been new cases. Given the impact common land can have on developments, applications to register land as a town or village green are often appealed...more

Should You Litigate In Court or Arbitrate the Dispute?

Faced with the rising costs of doing business in our increasingly litigious society, today's employers are looking at any way to manage fees and costs associated with resolving disputes over employment decisions. Some of the...more

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

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

MassDEP: The Rising Tide May Steal Your Development Rights

Does a pile field exist if it’s covered at high tide? MassDEP seems to think not. Through the Commonwealth’s Chapter 91 program, MassDEP regulates what can be built over tidelands. In last week’s Environmental...more

Proposed Workforce Housing Ordinance Could Significantly Impact Residential Development in Miami-Dade County

County Commissioner Barbara Jordan has proposed a workforce housing ordinance (Ordinance) which would require developers to provide workforce housing in association with residential development projects within Miami-Dade...more

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