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Four Books That Should Be On Every City Official’s Summer Reading List

Cities and their metro regions are getting increased attention as sources of innovation and local collaborative leadership to address national problems ranging from the infrastructure gap to physical and social mobility and...more

RLUIPA Suit Looms After Controversial Connecticut Church Denial

The Danbury Zoning Board of Appeals denied a church’s application for variances to develop an 18-acre parcel with a house of worship and priest residence. Now, Danbury could join the list of Connecticut municipalities that...more

Main Street v. Hackensack: A Cure in the Redevelopment Area Process . . . but Still in Need of an Ounce of Prevention

Until the recent Supreme Court decision in 62-64 Main Street, L.L.C. v. Hackensack, 221 N.J. 129 (2015) (“Hackensack”), many municipalities and developers of redevelopment projects were concerned that if an existing area in...more

House Bill 15-1348-Urban Renewal – Frequently Asked Questions

H.B. 15-1348 was signed by the Governor on May 29. The bill enacts several changes related to urban renewal authorities and tax increment financing for such authorities including governance changes and changes related to how...more

MDARD Workgroup Recommends Legislation to Support Urban Livestock Operations

Property owners who want to start or expand commercial livestock operations are required to go through a site verification process designed to ensure compliance with Michigan’s Generally Accepted Agricultural Management...more

Proposed Extensions for Boston's Expiring Urban Renewal Plans

The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) is considering 10-year extensions for 14 urban renewal plans, originally adopted in the 1960s and early 1970s, that cover approximately 10% of Boston’s land area. If the proposed...more

Construction & Land Use Newsletter - June 2015

In This Issue: - Fairfax County's Plans for the Route 1 Corridor - A Patriotic Partnership: The Construction Industry and the Military - Excerpt from Fairfax County's Plans for the Route 1 Corridor: On May...more

Development in Areas Prone to Flooding

Development in flood prone areas is regulated by a combination of federal, state and local regulations to reduce the possibility of loss of life and property, and to reduce the cost associated with development and rebuilding...more

Fairfax County’s Plans for the Route 1 Corridor

On May 12, 2015, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to endorse a phased, multimodal approach to the future expansion and development of the Route 1 Corridor between Huntington and Fort Belvoir. This...more

RECon 2015: a Decidedly Global Outlook

We are back from the ICSC’s RECon Global Retail conference, and needed the full long weekend to recover!  More than 34,000 real estate professionals attended the event (substantially exceeding last year’s attendance), and the...more

Court Rules Planned Development of Banning Ranch May Proceed

In Banning Ranch Conservancy v. City of Newport Beach (filed 5/20/2015, No. G049691), the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, held the Environmental Impact Report prepared by the City of Newport Beach for the partial...more

Major Revision to Development of Regional Impact Review Process Passed by 2015 Florida Legislature; Awaits Action By Governor

On April 24, the Florida House of Representatives added its approval to CS/CS Senate Bill 1216, an omnibus growth management bill. Most significantly, for new projects that are not currently exempt, the bill replaces the...more

Development Community Comments on Recent GFA Memo

Recently, the Arlington County subcommittee for NAIOP met with Bob Duffy and members of the County staff to discuss the County’s February 9, 2015 Memo regarding policies related to GFA calculation for site plan projects in...more

Is Urban Renewal Miami’s Next Economic Engine?

Miami may soon join the ranks of other major U.S. metropolises boasting innovative urban trail projects that have transformed neighborhoods and ignited a firestorm of private investment. ...more

Unanimous Approval for 2025 Clarendon Boulevard

On March 14, 2015, the County Board of Arlington County unanimously approved a 4.1 Site Plan Special Exception, Rezoning and General Land Use Plan Amendment to allow Carr Properties to build over 195,000 square feet of office...more

Harford County Land Use Plan Update And Harford County Comprehensive Zoning

County Executive Barry Glassman and Director of Planning Bradley Killian have announced that Harford County will begin the update of its Land Use Plan in the near future. The process will begin April 29, 2015 and we expect...more

Anti-Urban Renewal Bill Progresses; Pro-Urban Renewal Bill Amended

The General Assembly will adjourn in roughly two weeks. The fate of two important urban renewal bills—one with a positive impact on urban renewal and one with a negative impact—will be decided during this time. If urban...more

Retail Innovation Districts: The Community Outfitters

For many decades, the downtown, metropolitan area of a city was considered the central breeding ground for innovation and economic development. Establishing a retail chain within a metropolitan hub was considered the...more

LIFT Orlando Bolsters Downtown Along With Community Partners

The last few years have brought much synergy and excitement to downtown Orlando. The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the Amway Center, the reconstructed Orlando Citrus Bowl, The Plaza, Creative Village, the UCF...more

Infrastructure Inspiration: NAIOP Massachusetts Goes Big

The NAIOP Massachusetts “Transportation Transformation” conference held on April 9 was one of those rare trade association meetings where you didn’t want the sessions to end. Ideas flowed from the podium and from the...more

The Role of the Comprehensive Plan in Land Use Planning

The comprehensive plan is the most important tool in land use planning. In its most basic function, it provides a roadmap for the development of a community’s most limited resource, the land itself. More than just a rigid set...more

RALEIGH'S UDO AND THE CITYWIDE REZONING: What's New and How's it Working? [Video]

Raleigh's Unified Development Ordinance took effect September 1, 2013, and a massive rezoning is now underway to make its new zoning districts applicable to multifamily and commercial, including office, retail and industrial...more

Miami’s Green Spaces Are Prime Assets for Public-Private Partnerships

On March 29, 2015, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, of which Bilzin Sumberg is a member, hosted an event that discussed infrastructure plans that would increase Miami’s...more

Innovation Districts

Last year representatives of a coalition of 11 organizations started meeting to discuss the continued development and expansion of Oklahoma City’s bioscience and technology sectors. Among other matters, the group discussed...more

Chicago Affordable Housing Ordinance passes: key provisions, key requirements

Chicago’s City Council has approved an amendment to the existing affordable housing ordinance (the 2015 ARO) which will change, and in most cases increase, affordable housing requirements applicable to residential projects...more

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