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Putting the “voluntary” back into voluntary planning agreements? What the proposed reforms to VPAs mean for developers.

Earlier this month the Planning Minister, Rob Stokes, issued a press release promising reform of the VPA system to ensure greater transparency and tighter controls on the use of VPAs. On the same day, a draft Ministerial...more

Court Upholds Golden State Warriors’ Mission Bay Event Center and Mixed-Use Development Project

On November 29, 2016, the Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District rejected a challenge to the sufficiency of the San Francisco’s environmental analysis and upheld the City’s approval of an arena to house the Golden...more

Bilzin Sumberg Partner Calms Fears of Trump Hurting Miami Real Estate Market

Attorney James W. Shindell, Real Estate chair at Bilzin Sumberg, has a message for those who believe Donald Trump’s presidential election will hurt Miami’s real estate market: The sky is not falling. Shindell addressed...more

Real News - Autumn 2016

Today the internet could not be more central to everything we do. It is a prime example of the impact of technology on our lives and the best illustration that we ignore technology at our peril. That applies to the old...more

Real Estate Gazette: focus on Africa’s burgeoning real estate sector and investment opportunities Issue 26

Think of Africa and chances are you will be transported to a sun-blushed savannah, where beautiful wild elephants roam across the plains. Or you may think of the monolithic churches of Ethiopia, the reggae and hip hop sounds...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

Las colaboraciones público-privadas (P3) siguen ganando ímpetu

Si bien el modelo de colaboración público-privada (Public-Private Partnerships, P3) se usó para brindar la mayor parte de la infraestructura y los servicios hasta principios del siglo XX, en las últimas décadas, se vieron...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

Appellate Court Rejected EIR That Found Insignificant Traffic Impacts, Despite Consistency With Infill-Promoting General Plan...

The Court of Appeal of the State of California, Third Appellate District, overturned an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) prepared under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The appellate court rejected the EIR's...more

City of Portland on Fast Track to Adopt Inclusionary Zoning Requirements

More of Portland’s developers are about to find themselves in the affordable housing business. Whether they like it or not....more

SJC Keeps Bright-Line Test for Overloading of Easements

In its recent decision in Taylor v. Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank Commission, the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) put the brakes on a trend toward eliminating bright lines in the enforcement of easement rights. The Facts...more

They Did What? Fire Sprinkler Industry Stunned by North Carolina Legislature’s Mistake in Removing Licensing Board’s Authority to...

North Carolina’s legislature mistakenly removed the authority for the State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating, and Fire Sprinkler Contractors (“State Board”) to issue certain crucial industry licenses. On July 1, 2016,...more

Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) Continue to Gain Momentum

Although the public-private partnership (P3) model was used to provide most public infrastructure and services until the early 20th Century, for the past several decades, P3s were few and far between in this country....more

Luxembourg Real Estate - Legal Developments

This brief report provides a summary of the most recent Luxembourg legal developments that currently affect and will be affecting real estate practitioners throughout 2017....more

Revision of Clark County Parking Code Would Reduce Parking, Change Development Design Requirements

As Nevada’s economy continues to grow statewide, the Southern Nevada valley faces critical decisions regarding smart growth for the valley once again. Ahead of future growth, Clark County, with support from the Regional...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

Amendments to real estate legislation for the third quarter of 2016

Amendments to federal laws - Changes to the RF Town-Planning Code - In the summer of 2016, roughly a dozen federal laws were adopted to amend the RF Town-Planning Code (RF TPC).1 The main changes of significance to...more

What's Old, What's New And What Works: Infrastructure And Affordable Housing Financing In The Post-Redevelopment Era - Corner...

This is the fourth edition in an ongoing series of "Corner Briefings" highlighting urban infill legal tools and opportunities. These updates identify new legal cases, legislative updates, grant opportunities and other urban...more

Recent Reports Highlight Negative Consequences of Local Barriers to New Housing Development, Call for State-Level Solutions

California’s housing crisis is well-understood and documented. A chief culprit is the fact that the state’s coastal urban areas, for various reasons, do not approve enough new housing to accommodate everyone who seeks to...more

California Ballot 2016: Los Angeles County Measures A & M

This is the fourth and final blog in our 2016 California Election Guide Series – the first three providing brief synopses of the 17 state-wide ballot initiatives residents will see in November. In this final segment, we will...more

A Primer on Zoning Variances in North Carolina

What is a "variance" in the zoning context? Simply, it is relief from -- or a variation of -- the application of a zoning law to a particular piece of property....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

Four New California Cap and Trade Bills Fund Programs

$900 million in appropriations for fiscal year 2016-17 - With California’s cap and trade program suffering from legal challenges, decreasing auction revenue and general criticism of the program’s effectiveness, Gov....more

First Circuit Affirms US Park Service Designation of Long Wharf Pavilion Area for Public Recreational Use

On September 23, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit concluded that, “for now, at least, the long war over Long Wharf is at an end.” The Court’s ruling in Boston Redevelopment Auth. v. Nat’l Park...more

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