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Arrested Development? After year of defeating development, could LI be the ‘Land of No’ no longer?

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

This Long Island Business News Article quotes Farrel Fritz' Attorney Anthony Guardino. Long Island has long been a tapestry of small towns from Manhasset to Montauk, with local regulations that seem designed to help keep...more

Legislature Authorizes, But Limits, Water and Sewer Impact Fees

by Smith Anderson on

Controversy and litigation have erupted in North Carolina in recent years with regard to water and sewer impact fees levied by cities and counties on new real estate development. The fees are authorized in "local bill" State...more

Vermont village considers conduit hydro

by PretiFlaherty on

A Vermont municipality has proposed installing hydroelectric generating facilities along a potable water pipeline -- and under streamlined federal procedures, regulators have made a preliminary determination that the Village...more

Trail Immunity Does Not Shield from Liability Simply Because an Injury Occurs on a Trail - Appellate Court Ruling Means Less...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

A tree branch fell off of a eucalyptus tree and struck a woman while she was walking through Mission Bay Park in San Diego. She filed suit against the City of San Diego, alleging the City negligently maintained the eucalyptus...more

New Jersey Courts Hands Victories to Open Government Records Advocates

by Genova Burns LLC on

Over the past month, the New Jersey courts have handed down several rulings clarifying the scope of New Jersey’s Open Public Records Act, or OPRA. The rulings have resulted in several significant victories for advocates of...more

Spate of Suits Brought by California Communities for Sea Level Rise May Change Landscape of Climate Change Litigation

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

A recent trio of cases filed in California state court seek to hold major fossil fuel companies liable for the effects of sea level rise they allege to be caused by climate change....more

The Tiny House Craze: Zoning Laws Could Be a Tiny Impediment

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

The “tiny house” movement is all the rage right now. The cause of the craze may be many faceted. Whether the popularity and demand is being driven by a shift in peoples’ preference to downsize to a more simplified lifestyle...more

CT General Assembly Override Changes Affordable Housing Land Use Appeals Procedure

by Murtha Cullina on

During a veto session on Monday, July 24th, the Connecticut General Assembly overrode Governor Malloy's veto of H.B. 6880 (Public Act No. 17-170). The result is several changes to the Affordable Housing Land Use Appeals...more

Sixth Circuit Overturns FCC Cable Order - Partner Joseph Van Eaton Represented a Coalition of Communities

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

An FCC order that local governments, schools and the public have opposed for almost a decade was reversed by the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. The case is Montgomery County v. FCC, which had its genesis in an FCC...more

This Month in Corruption: Ex-Manager of Two Towns Pleads Guilty to Variety of Crimes

by PretiFlaherty on

On Thursday, July 20, Andrew Bisignani pleaded guilty in Essex Superior Court to procurement fraud, destroying public records, municipal bid-rigging and other crimes related to his service, from January 1, 2009 to June 30,...more

The Genius of Brian: Other Reps Loved Him as He Got All He Could for His City

by PretiFlaherty on

I don’t know if they’ll ever put up a statue of Brian Dempsey in Haverhill but they should. During the seven or so years he chaired the Ways & Means Committee of the Massachusetts House, Dempsey did what Ways & Means...more

The WFDL Is Broader Than You Think -- Lessons From Golf Pros

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On June 22, 2017, the Wisconsin Supreme Court took a 3-Iron to common intuitions about who is, and who is not, a dealer protected by the Wisconsin Fair Dealership Law (WFDL). In Benson v. City of Madison, 2017 WI 65, the...more

Municipalities Under Connecticut's New Cybersecurity Strategy

by Murtha Cullina on

On July 10, 2017, Governor Dannel Malloy, along with Chief Information Officer Mark Raymond and Chief Cybersecurity Risk Officer Arthur House, released Connecticut’s initial Cybersecurity Strategy. The goal of the...more

Let’s Talk Municipal Finance – Municipal Lease Purchase Agreements

by PretiFlaherty on

In the last installment of Let's Talk Municipal Finance, I discussed municipalities and governmental entities that issue bonds, a form of municipal debt. An alternative to incurring municipal debt and less onerous option for...more

Calif. AG Says SB 415 Applies to Charter Cities and Local School Districts Governed by Charter Cities - California Voter...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Last week, Attorney General Xavier Becerra opined that the California Voter Participation Rights Act, also known as SB 415, applies to charter cities and school districts governed by charter cities. In the second opinion...more

Maine Superior Court Weighs in on Code Enforcement Appeal

by PretiFlaherty on

Earlier this year, Maine’s Superior Court issued a decision in Blasco v. Town of Southport that provides a useful reminder for municipalities about appeals of code enforcement actions. The case involved an 80B appeal of a...more

Requiring Repair, Rather than Demolition, For Church’s Violations of Municipality’s Property Maintenance Code May Impose A...

An Illinois appellate court reversed a lower court’s dismissal of RLUIPA claims asserted by the First United Methodist Church of West Dundee (the “Church”) against the Village of West Dundee, Illinois (the “Village”), finding...more

Fast-Track Foreclosure Process Coming to Maryland, is Pennsylvania Next?

by Barley Snyder on

Pennsylvania now has two neighbors that have passed fast-track foreclosure bills and the Keystone State is considering adding its own as a method to avoid a backlog of blighted properties. Maryland recently joined Ohio in...more

EPA Delays Compliance with Massachusetts MS4 Permit

On July 13, 2017, EPA extended the compliance deadline for its General Permit for Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems for one year, until July 1, 2018. The move almost certainly prompted a collective sigh of relief...more

McNees Advocate Alert - July 2017

In February 2016, a computer hacker sent an e-mail infected with a “ransomware virus” to an employee of the town of Medfield, Massachusetts. When the e-mail was opened, the virus spread throughout the town’s computer network,...more

Property Tax & Valuation Topics: Summer 2017

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Declaratory Judgment Not the Correct Remedy - Danping Li sued the Town of Woodbury with regard to the assessments of three properties she owned in that community. One of the counts of her complaint seeking a declaratory...more

Ninth Circuit Panel Rejects Challenges to a California City’s Misleading Commercial Speech Ordinance - Local Governments’...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Recently, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed local governments’ authority to adopt regulations that prevent the use of false or misleading statements in the solicitation or provision of services....more

Uniform Code Conflicts – Town vs. State Regulations

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

The New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code (“Uniform Code”) sets forth uniform building and fire prevention standards for New York State. Article 18 of the NYS Executive Law requires municipalities within...more

What To Do If A Municipality Denies Your Act 537 Planning Module Update

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Nothing can stop a development project faster than a Pennsylvania municipality denying a developer’s Act 537 planning module for wastewater management. If the municipality refuses a developer’s plan to connect to public sewer...more

SB1025 Amending Section 12-820.03 Relating to Immunity for Public Entities

On May 1, 2017, Governor Ducey approved SB1025. This Bill amends A.R.S. § 12-820.03, which provides immunity to public entities and employees for claims arising from a plan or design for construction, maintenance, or...more

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