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Community right to buy to be extended to urban areas Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill introduced on 11 June 2014

In November 2013 the Scottish Government published a consultation paper to which was annexed a draft "Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill". The consultation included proposals to extend the existing "community right to buy"...more

Raleigh's Citywide Zoning Remapping Goes Interactive

We've blogged in the past about the City of Raleigh's ongoing zoning remapping, the result of the City's 2013 overhaul of its unified development ordinance....more

Whatever the EIR’s Name, CEQA’s Rules For Substantive Content and Subsequent Review Remain The Same: First District Upholds EIR...

On July 7, 2014, the First District Court of Appeal filed its published opinion affirming the trial court’s judgment upholding the EIR for the Treasure Island/Yerba Buena Island Project. Citizens for a Sustainable Treasure...more

Treasure Island Update: San Francisco EIR Specific Enough

In Citizens for a Sustainable Treasure Island v. City & County of San Francisco, No. A137828 (Cal. Ct. App. 1st Dist., July 7, 2014), the First Appellate District upheld an environmental impact report (“EIR”) for the...more

Waterfront Toronto wastes $1 mil of taxpayer money on umbrellas

At a Toronto city council meeting yesterday, Rob Ford and his brother, city councilor Doug Ford, spoke out against Waterfront Toronto, a project aimed at revitalizing the area bordering Lake Ontario. Ford spared all niceties...more

Land Use In Action: Raleigh and Other Dynamic Metros At the Forefront of the "Great Inversion"

Our regular readers will know that we will, at times, take a step back from the legal side of things to look at the practical side of things. After all, in the words of Paul Collier, "Most conduct is guided by norms rather...more

Land Use Treats: Judicial Treatment of Landfills and Strip Clubs

It's the summer, and it's hot. It's been 90-plus all week in Raleigh and my phone tells me there is no chance of a cooling today or tonight. I thought we'd take this chance to dip into something a little different,...more

Land Use Innovation: Raleigh Joins Urban Centers Employing "Parklets"

Raleigh, North Carolina -- the Land Use Litigator's home base -- has officially entered the fray of urban centers embracing the planning and business value of urban "parklets". The City is now accepting applications from...more

UPDATE*: Understanding Philadelphia Zoning Law

Moving a project through the Philadelphia zoning process can seem like a daunting task – even after Philadelphia entirely revamped its zoning code. This article will familiarize applicants with the zoning process and help...more

Editorial: Get Ready For A Miami Tech Hub

Miami has long been known for its tourism and hospitality industry, its booming real estate market and its diverse international population. Now, in the wake of Microsoft's announcement that it plans to open a...more

Post-Redevelopment Creativity: Public Benefit Incentive Zoning

Many communities are trying to retain and attract businesses to provide economic development and jobs. With the loss of tax increment financing in California, and constrained local budgets, identifying incentives is more...more

Belgian Constitutional Court decides to annul provisions on administrative loop

Article 4.8.4 of the Flemish Urban Planning Code allowed the Council for Permit Disputes (Raad voor Vergunningsbetwistingen) (ie the Flemish administrative court competent to rule on appeals against urban planning permits) to...more

Signed, Sealed, Delivered, Rezoned: City of Raleigh to Begin City-Wide Rezoning and "Remapping" Process

We've posted here before about the wholesale change to the City of Raleigh's land use laws upon the September 1, 2013 effective date of a new unified development ordinance (UDO). Changes to the land use laws includes the...more

Raleigh to Rezone 34,000 Parcels: Watch for Your Postcard

Effective September 1, 2013, the City of Raleigh adopted comprehensive new zoning and land development regulations referred to as the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO). Although the UDO retains the City’s preexisting R-4,...more

Little Pink Houses: Debate Regarding Zoning Laws and Accessory Dwelling Units Getting More and More Relevant

We've blogged previously about the accessory dwelling unit or the so-called "in-law suite", and how zoning rules addressing these dwelling units can "foment" (or stymie) increased urban density. The accessory dwelling unit...more

HB 14-1375 Passes Senate; Veto Request in the Works

HB 14-1375, a bill that will negatively impact the use of the urban renewal tool of tax increment financing throughout the state, passed the Senate on Wed., May 7, 2014, and is headed to Gov. Hickenlooper’s desk for...more

'Urban Decay' Still Plagues Calif. Big-Box Retail Plans

The California Environmental Quality Act has long been a key weapon in the ongoing war over development in California. In the last few years, the front line of the war has shifted to big-box retail projects. Originally...more

Port Miami And Port Canaveral Undergoing Major Expansions

Port Miami and Port Canaveral, two of the busiest ports in Florida, are preparing to get busier as both equip to undergo major expansion projects. The current endeavor that plans to widen and deepen the Panama Canal is...more

Promise Zones Initiative: public comments on second round application materials due June 16, 2014

On April 17, 2014, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published a notice in the Federal Register requesting public comments on the proposed selection process and criteria for the second round of the...more

Hotel Lawyer in Los Angeles: Why does it seem like everyone wants to build or buy a hotel in downtown LA? It’s the “Renaissance of...

The coolest new downtown in America - If you haven’t been to what the cognoscenti now call “DTLA” (downtown Los Angeles) for a while, you might not recognize it. Gone are the days the sidewalks were rolled up at 5:00...more

Urban Renewal Bill Introduced

Rep. Brian DelGrosso (R-Loveland) and Sen. Lois Tochtrop (D-Thornton) introduced HB 14-1375, dubbed in early drafts the “Urban Redevelopment Fairness Act,” on Friday, April 11, 2014, with only four weeks left in the...more

Some CEQA Reminders From The Third District: Urban Decay Requires Actual Mitigation When Identified By EIR As A Significant...

In a lengthy opinion filed February 28, 2014, and ordered partially published on April 1, 2014, the Third District Court of Appeal reversed the Yolo County Superior Court’s judgment denying a CEQA writ petition challenging...more

Governor's Office of Planning & Research Seeks Input to Improve California's Groundwater Management

BB&K to Provide Input to the State on Groundwater Management - The Office of Planning & Research (OPR) is seeking stakeholder input on actions to improve groundwater management in California, consistent with the...more

Jersey City Planning Board Approves Amended Redevelopment Plan for Firm Client

NJ.com reports that the Jersey City Planning Board has voted unanimously to recommend to the Municipal Council amendments to the McGinley Square East Redevelopment Plan in order to allow Sora Development in partnership with...more

CEQA Alert: Court of Appeal Addresses Inadequate Blight/Urban Decay Mitigation and Energy Impact Analyses

In California Clean Energy Committee v. City of Woodland (opinion filed 2/28/14; partial publication ordered 4/1/14), the Third Appellate District ruled that the City of Woodland violated the California Environmental Quality...more

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