Having seen years of their lofty regional planning efforts come crashing back to Earth, San Diego government entities have had little to be thankful about so far this holiday season on the CEQA front. In an October 29...more
With Miami-Dade County making a concerted effort to expand its public transit system, South Florida developers are asking “what development opportunities will accompany the birth of such transit system?” ...more
Two recent decisions by California’s Fourth Appellate District highlight the CEQA compliance challenges facing local governments charged with implementing state and local greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction mandates....more
In a 2-1 published opinion filed November 24, 2014, the Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division 1, affirmed and modified the trial court’s judgment granting writ petitions by plaintiff groups challenging the EIR for the San...more
In a long-awaited 2-1 decision, a court of appeal overturned the environmental impact report for the San Diego Association of Governments’ 2050 Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy. Cleveland...more
Believing that she could no longer endure around-the-clock noise, dust and truck traffic in her residential Denton neighborhood, Lisa Frick and friends collected signatures to put a proposed ordinance on today’s ballot...more
Tax increment financing is back in California. Tax increment makes its comeback through the passage of Senate Bill 628 (Beall), legislation authorizing the creation of Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts (EIFDs),...more
The full title of Measure P is: Safe Neighborhood Parks, Gang Prevention, Youth/Senior Recreation, Beaches/Wildlife Protection Measure. The initiative seeks to ensure continued funding for these listed concerns via a $23 tax...more
All Aboard Florida broke ground on the first phase of the development this week, beginning construction on the Fort Lauderdale station and generating even more excitement around what is already a highly anticipated project....more
New Law Consolidates Certain Design-Build Authorizations Under a Single Statute -
The adoption of Senate Bill 785 signifies strong movement toward authorizing design-build procurement in California at the state and...more
“We know P3 can work.” “P3 isn’t the answer to our infrastructure crisis, but it is an important tool.” “Federal investment in P3 projects must be expanded.” “States must be encouraged to use P3 financing, even if they...more
The Walsh administration has released its eagerly-awaited housing plan, “Housing a Changing City: Boston 2030,” targeting the creation of 53,000 new housing units by Boston’s 400th year anniversary in the year 2030....more
On October 16, 2014, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court (the Law Court) issued a decision in the case of Remmel v. City of Portland, reversing a finding by the Maine Superior Court that the Portland City Council’s approval of a...more
Lincoln Road property values are soaring to new heights with tenant rents and property prices at record highs. Dating back to the 1920s, Lincoln Road has seen its share of transitional decades, but experts say this time it’s...more
The Contra Costa Times reported last week that the City of Pittsburg certified the environmental document for the Donlon Boulevard extension after nearly two decades of trying. Although the vote was unanimous, the project...more
The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, which takes effect Jan. 1, requires that the Department of Water Resources categorize each of California’s 515 alluvial groundwater basins and subbasins as high, medium, low, or...more
Once considered an area of Los Angeles that had virtually nothing to do after 5pm, downtown Los Angeles is experiencing a development boom. Sure, part of it is due to the fact that our regional economy is on an upswing. But...more
It's not every day that an adult discussion about zoning reform begins with a reference to children's poetry, but so be it.
Most [Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts] REBA members have at least a passing...more
After so many years of being off everyone’s screen, Los Angeles has suddenly become one of the hottest markets for real estate investment. Roger Vincent’s article of October 4, 2014, in the Los Angeles Times provides some of...more
Last month, the Miami-Dade Circuit Court stripped St. Jude Melkite Catholic Church of its recently acquired historic designation. This church is located at 1501 Brickell Avenue, in the midst of multiple high rise condominiums...more
We blogged last week about an innovation district coming to Durham, North Carolina, to be affectionately called "Durham ID".
Asheville, North Carolina, is poised to designate three innovation districts of its own in...more
So many great ideas sound so simple, so obvious after development and actualization, right?
Velcro. Tupperware. The cheeseburger. Buying a condo in Manhattan's West Village in 1987....more
The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) has extended the comment period for its draft of changes to the way that transportation impacts are analyzed under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The new...more
We've blogged in the past about the dance between the City of Raleigh and the State of North Carolina over the City's 300-plus acre Dorothea Dix campus, which belongs to the State, leased to the City, returned to the State,...more
Much of land use law involves questions over the breadth of local government powers.
Today, we're looking at a spat between two units of local government: a municipality and a school board. The decision in Gurba v....more
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