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Updates to CEQA Guidelines for Transportation Impacts Analysis Under SB 743

On January 20, 2016, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (“OPR”) released a revised draft of thresholds for measuring transportation impacts under the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”). These draft...more

Land Use Matters: Alston & Bird LLP, January 2016

On January 4, 2016, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the nomination of Vince Bertoni as the new General Manager of the Department of City Planning (DCP). Bertoni has served five years as the City of Pasadena’s Planning and...more

First Wall of Tanger Outlets Goes Up in Daytona Beach, Bringing 800 Retail Jobs and 90 Brand Name Stores

First Wall of Tanger Outlets Goes Up in Daytona Beach, Bringing 800 Retail Jobs and 90 Brand Name Stores - Hundreds of people gathered to watch the raising of the first Tanger Outlets wall in Daytona Beach during the sound...more

Deadlines Are Fast Approaching as Congress Is Already Considering Priorities for Next Water Resources Development Act (WRDA)

Stakeholders interested in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) civil works projects, water resources policy, or funding for harbor, inland waterway, and other projects should engage Congress to advance their priorities as...more

California Governor’s Office Releases Updated CEQA Guidelines Proposal on SB 743 Implementation

On January 20, 2016, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) released a new draft proposal for implementing Senate Bill 743 (Steinberg 2013) (SB 743), which would require traffic analysis to be based on vehicle...more

Tax Increment Finance (TIF) Update

The 2016 Colorado General Assembly convened on Jan. 13, 2016, and, as with years past, tax increment will be on the agenda. This client update highlights three issues affecting tax increment financing that are likely to occur...more

UK Planning Legal Update 2016: What’s the Plan?

There is a huge momentum behind planning and housing reform as the UK government tries to tackle a chronic shortage of housing across the country. The Housing and Planning Bill, the Government’s flagship delivery legislation,...more

Construction Industry Trends to Watch in 2016

We all love new year’s predictions (at least I do). This past week, Construction Drive issued its 10 Construction Industry Trends to Watch in 2016. Some are not terribly surprising, while others might surprise you:...more

Top Ten Stories in California Construction for 2015

Cranes, cement trucks, and street closures seem to be everywhere these days, especially in city centers such as San Francisco and Los Angeles. After the meltdown of 2006, real estate development went into hibernation for...more

Design Immunity for Public Agencies Clarified by California Supreme Court

Decision touches on a crucial issue in public agency tort defense - A crucial issue in public agency tort defense was recently clarified by the California Supreme Court in Hampton v. County of San Diego. While a public...more

California Supreme Court Rejects CEQA Guideline Requiring Analysis of the Existing Environment’s Impacts on a Proposed Project

A unanimous California Supreme Court has held that the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) generally does not require an analysis of how existing environmental conditions will impact a project’s future users or...more

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Decide Important Case Affecting Development in Wetlands

A critical part of the permitting process for many development projects is obtaining federal and state wetland permits. The key wetland authorization is usually a Section 404 permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers...more

After the Dust Settles: Implications of Continued Development in South Florida

To say South Florida’s real estate market is “booming” would be an understatement. The massive interest in development throughout Miami and its surrounding cities continues to increase. To quantify just how large this...more

Special Alert: Building Moratorium Initiative

As you may have learned from the news, a group called Coalition to Preserve L.A. (CPLA) is seeking to place an Initiative on the ballot in 2016 that would establish a City-wide building moratorium. The key provisions...more

DoT Announces “Smart City” Challenge to Increase Infrastructure Efficiency in Urban Areas

On December 7, 2015, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for “Beyond Traffic: The Smart City Challenge,” the first in a two-part solicitation for a federally funded...more

Belgian Retail Newsletter: The Legislation On Commercial Establishments Or So-Called “Socio-Economic Permit” Legislation: From...

A prudent retailer seeking to open a point of sale in Belgium should check compliance with the legislation on commercial establishments1 which may require a declaration and/or a permit prior to the effective opening date....more

Sustainability in Retail: Going Strong and Expected to Continue

The COP21 meeting has been underway for the last week, with just a few more days left to go. The meeting, an annual session which started following the 1992 United Nations Framework on Climate Change, brings together...more

Belgian Retail Newsletter: The Legislation On Commercial Establishments Or So-Called “Socio-Economic Permit” Legislation: From...

A prudent retailer seeking to open a point of sale in Belgium should check compliance with the legislation on commercial establishments1 which may require a declaration and/or a permit prior to the effective opening date....more

California Supreme Court Decision Regarding Newhall Ranch Development Could Significantly Impact Developments

California Supreme Court Overturns Environmental Impact Report Related to Proposed Residential Development - In a much-anticipated decision, Center for Biological Diversity v. California Department of Fish and Wildlife,...more

Two for Further Review?

It's that time of year again. Time for "Further Review." By that, I mean it's football season, and almost every week, millions of Americans watch in anticipation as black-and-white-striped NFL arbiters retreat to the...more

Land Use Matters: Alston & Bird LLP, November 2015

City of Los Angeles - City Council - PLUM Approves Clean Up Green Up Ordinance - On November 24, 2015, the Planning and Land Use Management Committee (PLUM) considered the draft Clean Up Green Up (CUGU)...more

Legislación para las P3 en Florida

El 24 y 25 de Septiembre, el condado de Miami-Dade realizó un instituto de las P3 denominado “The P3 Pipeline: A Forum for the Private Sector” (La vía de las P3: un foro para el sector privado). Entre los temas tratados en el...more

Department of Housing and Urban Development Announces $10 million in Grants for Choice Neighborhoods, Which Now Covers...

Today’s publication of the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Choice Neighborhoods Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) marks a key milestone in both the White House’s ConnectHome and Broadband Opportunities...more

Presidential Memorandum on Natural Resources Mitigation Policy: Avoid, Minimize and Compensate

President Barack Obama recently ordered the heads of five federal agencies (U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Interior, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and National Oceanic...more

President Issues Memo regarding Mitigation of Natural Resources Impacts

On November 3, 2015, the President issued a memorandum entitled “Mitigating Impacts on Natural Resources from Development and Encouraging Related Private Investment.” In it, he states “[t]his memorandum will encourage private...more

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