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Good News! City of Orlando Permitting Process May Get Easier

The City of Orlando, in partnership with KPMG, hosted a Permitting and Development Forum to discuss enhancements of the current review process. The forum, which took place on June 1 in the City Council Chambers, provided...more

Additional Opportunity to Extend Development Orders & Building Permits

Governor Scott recently expanded the previously declared State of Emergency issued for the Zika Virus, allowing holders of permits and development orders an even greater opportunity to toll the period remaining to exercise...more

This Little Light of Mine — Developments Affected by Rights to Light

by McGuireWoods LLP on

What right? What light? Whose right? Simply put, a right to light benefits the owners or occupiers of residential or commercial buildings and allows them to receive sufficient natural light through windows or apertures....more

Philadelphia Reorganizes Development-Related Agencies

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Effective July 1, 2017, the City of Philadelphia established a single Department of Planning and Development. The Department will have three divisions. The Division of Planning and Zoning will include the Art Commission,...more

Compromise Inclusionary Legislation Set for Final Approval

Barring any last-minute surprises, the Board of Supervisors will finally adopt compromise inclusionary housing legislation on July 18th that would, as shown in our summary comparison chart, make many major changes to the...more

City of Charleston Changes Workforce Housing Zoning Rules

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The City of Charleston has changed the rules governing the Mixed Use Workforce Housing District Zoning Ordinance in an effort to further diversify housing opportunities for residents....more

What You Need to Know About San Francisco’s Inclusionary Affordable Housing Program

On July 11, 2017, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors finally voted to adopt sweeping (and complex) changes to the City’s Inclusionary Affordable Housing program.....more

Coming Soon - The City of Santa Barbara’s New Zoning Ordinance

On Tuesday, July 11, 2017, the Santa Barbara City Council will consider a new zoning ordinance for the city. If the council votes to introduce and subsequently adopt the new zoning ordinance (NZO), it will be effective 30...more

Richmond’s ‘Unabashedly Urban’ Rezoning Plan May Foster Commercial Development

by McGuireWoods LLP on

When the City of Richmond’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system (known as the PULSE) begins operating along Broad and East Main streets in October 2017, new transit oriented development projects in that area may follow. If a...more

It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s A Floating Zone

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

According to the American Planning Association, a “floating zone” is a zoning district that “delineates conditions” rather than the more traditional use classifications that are typically found on zoning maps. While a...more

West Coast Real Estate Update - June 2017 #1

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Google's New Office Space Could Have Huge Impact on Downtown San Jose - San Jose is the largest city in California's Silicon Valley, yet some of the tech industry's largest employers maintain their biggest offices...more

City of Los Angeles Releases Draft Hollywood Community Plan Update

On June 13, 2017, the City of Los Angeles released its new Hollywood Community Plan (“Plan”) draft. The current plan dates back to 1988. In 2012, the City adopted an update to the community plan that was subsequently...more

Update – City of Los Angeles Affordable Housing Linkage Fee

The City of Los Angeles continues to move toward the adoption of an ordinance that establishes an Affordable Housing Linkage Fee (Ordinance). As currently proposed, the key provisions of the Ordinance are as follows...more

Tie Vote – No Default Denial- Town Law 267-a(13)(b)

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Generally, when a majority of the members of a zoning board of appeals (ZBA) either votes in favor of or against an action, the board is considered to have acted. What if a ZBA is unable to take any kind of majority action...more

The Battle for LA: The Dueling Priorities of Density and Neighborhood Preservation

As Los Angeles continues to struggle with lagging development pace as compared to the national pace of housing creation, communities across the city grapple with the potential implications of permitting increased density. The...more

Riverkeeper Groups Still Seeking to Remove ADEM Authority over NPDES Permits

In a continuation of an ongoing battle, seven environmental groups (Cahaba Riverkeeper, Choctawatchee Riverkeeper, Friends of Hurricane Creek, Black Warrior Riverkeeper, Friends of the Locust Fork River, Alabama Rivers...more

Board of Supervisors to Consider Compromise Inclusionary Housing Legislation

On June 5, the Land Use and Transportation Committee of the Board of Supervisors will consider compromise inclusionary housing legislation. As shown in our summary comparison chart, the legislation would generally retain...more

U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Review a Legal Challenge to Mello-Roos Special Taxes - Funding Mechanism for “Additional Services”...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court this week declined to hear a development association’s petition for review of a California Court of Appeal’s decision that the Mello-Roos Act of 1972 allows the City of San Ramon to levy a special tax...more

What’s Ironic?

by Miller Starr Regalia on

We’ve come a long way since 1911, when the initiative and referendum processes were enshrined in the state constitution to address corruption in state government caused by special interests. For some reason that reality...more

Recycling an Idea to Fund Infrastructure Improvements

by Nossaman LLP on

Among other policy initiatives, the Trump Administration has advocated for the need to improve the nation’s infrastructure in order to maintain America’s economic competitiveness. In its recently released 2018 proposed...more

San Francisco Approves Ordinance Expanding Density Bonuses for Affordable Projects

Almost 18 months after it was introduced, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors recently approved Ordinance 150969, which creates development bonuses for private development projects where at least 30% of the units are...more

Redevelopment of Route 110 in East Farmingdale

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

The Town of Babylon’s plan to revitalize the Route 110 corridor in East Farmingdale, NY keeps moving forward. The Town began targeting this area for transformation in 2005. It now looks like the Town may be closer than ever...more

Fast Buses May Bring Major Development Opportunities to Richmond

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Beginning in October 2017, the City of Richmond’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) System, known as the PULSE, will operate through the center of Broad and East Main streets. The PULSE Corridor will run from Willow Lawn to Orleans...more

Health Alert (Australia) 22 May 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 16 May 2017 - Realview Holdings Pty Ltd And City Of Busselton [2017] WASAT 71 - Town planning - Development application - Land use...more

California Municipalities Face Difficult Land Use Decisions in Wake of Cannabis Legalization

Following cannabis legalization in California, municipalities are beginning to face difficult decisions related to land use and planning. The challenge in siting industrial and residential uses, often in conflict, is not new...more

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