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CEQA Allows Developers to Recover Administrative Record Costs when Reimbursing Agency

Appellate Victory for Developers and Public Agencies - A developer can recover the cost of preparing a California Environmental Quality Act administrative record, even when the lead agency, not the developer, actually...more

Developer Awarded Cost of Preparing Administrative Record in CEQA Lawsuit

Lawsuits under the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) typically proceed as petitions for administrative mandamus. This means the petitioner is asking the court to review an agency’s decision and ultimately issue a...more

Texas Supreme Court Affirms Property Owners' Rights Within the Extraterritorial Jurisdiction

On May 27, 2016, in Town of Lakewood Village v. Bizios, the Texas Supreme Court held that general law municipalities do not have the authority to enforce building codes within their extraterritorial jurisdictions (ETJs). This...more

Proposed Workforce Housing Ordinance Could Significantly Impact Residential Development in Miami-Dade County

County Commissioner Barbara Jordan has proposed a workforce housing ordinance (Ordinance) which would require developers to provide workforce housing in association with residential development projects within Miami-Dade...more

Real Estate and Land Use - August 2016 #3

Supreme Court Clarifies Valuation Rules on Potential for Future Exactions - City of Perris v. Stamper S217738 (Cal. Supreme Court, July 21, 2016) - Why it matters: The California Supreme Court reexamined the rules...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - August 2016

The Supreme Court’s ruling in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, continues to have a substantial impact on federal courts, especially with respect to alleged statutory violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Please...more

Real Estate and Land Use - August 2016 #2

Proactive Predevelopment for Successful P3s - A new report was recently published by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) called Successful Public/Private Partnerships: From Principles to Practice. The report provides valuable...more

Sustainable Development Update - August 2016 #4

Sustainable Development Focus - Kilroy Realty Corp. takes sustainability seriously, with a green office vision that's evolving - San Francisco Business Times - Jul 28 - Kilroy Realty Corp. takes sustainability...more

Court Rejects NEPA, Section 4(f) Challenges to Arizona South Mountain Freeway Project

In a decision of national importance to the transportation community, the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona rejected National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) challenges and Section 4(f) challenges to the 22-mile...more

Pubs & Planning Update - August 2016

Wandsworth Council has just taken the unprecedented step of issuing a non-immediate Article 4 Direction to withdraw permitted development rights relating to demolition, alteration and changes of use from 120 pub and bar sites...more

Union Organizing at Retail and Food Service Businesses Gets Boost from New York City “Labor Peace” Executive Order

Summary of the Executive Order - New York City retail and food service unions got a boost recently when Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an Executive Order titled “Labor Peace for Retail Establishments at City Development...more

Investor-initiated integrated site development: new opportunities

Starting 1 January 2017 holders of land plots and the immovable properties on the land plots will be able to get approved site development and site survey plans within one month without public hearings as part of integrated...more

What Does Mayor Barry’s New Affordable Housing Initiative Mean For You?

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry recently proposed a new incentive program for developers to offer affordable and workforce housing within existing and new construction.  The proposal may provide significant economic benefits to...more

Second District Upholds Application of CEQA’s Class 3 Categorical Exemption For New Small Structures To City’s Approval of Small...

In a published opinion filed July 21, 2016, the Second District Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court’s judgment rejecting plaintiffs/residential neighbors’ (“Appellants”) CEQA challenge to the City of Redondo Beach’s...more

City of Pittsburgh adopts Riverfront IPOD

On June 6, 2016, City of Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto signed legislation enacted by City Council amending the City of Pittsburgh Zoning Code by establishing a Riverfront Interim Planning Overlay District (“IPOD”). The...more

Bethesda Downtown Plan is First of its Kind

The Montgomery County Planning Board has approved—and will now send to the County Council for review—the Bethesda Downtown Plan, a potentially groundbreaking master plan that integrates the zoning and financing of public...more

Las P3 y el riesgo político: ¿por qué las P3 de Miami-Dade pueden resistir el clima político?

En un año electoral, los inversores prestan mucha atención a los entornos políticos de las jurisdicciones que buscan el desarrollo de las asociaciones entre los sectores público y privado (“P3” o “PPP”). La inversión en el...more

The Economic Development Toolbox: Downtown Redevelopment Districts Provide Additional Economic Development Tools for Ohio...

On May 6, 2016, Governor Kasich signed Am. Sub. House Bill 233 (“H.B. 233”) authorizing Ohio municipalities to create Downtown Redevelopment Districts (“DRDs”) to encourage the rehabilitation of historic buildings and...more

Proposed Rule Changes to Florida’s Affordable Housing Allocation and Funding Process

The Florida Housing Finance Corporation (“Florida Housing”) has proposed changes to its rules governing the affordable housing allocation and funding process. The changes are to Rule Chapters 67-21, 67-48, and 67-60, F.A.C....more

Update on Small Scale Developments

Following on from our posting about the removal of the exemption of small scale developments from affordable housing contributions, please note that the Court of Appeal reversed the High Court’s decision. The Court of Appeal...more

Development Project May be Declared Consistent with General Plan Even if Quantitative Standards Exceeded

There is no question in California land use law that development projects need not comply with every goal or policy in a community’s general plan. While a city’s or county’s land use decisions must be consistent with the...more

Denver Proposing New Development Fee to Pay for Affordable Housing

Despite some concerns that the real estate market is slowing down, the city's data indicates that the real estate and job market in Denver continue to expand, creating an acknowledged gap between wages and housing costs....more

Drilling to the Essence of a Land Use Proceeding

What type of land use proceeding is this? Finding the correct answer to this question is critical to knowing your client’s rights and avoiding legal error. Like different sports, there are distinct types of land use...more

P3s and Political Risk: Why Miami-Dade’s P3s Can Weather Political Climates

In an election year, investors pay careful attention to the political environments of jurisdictions that are seeking to develop public private partnerships (“P3” or “PPP”). Investment in pursuing a public infrastructure...more

Sustainable Development Update - June 2016

Sustainable Development Focus - Solar microgrid to ‘green’ Port of Los Angeles - Microgrid Knowledge - May 30 - The Port of Los Angeles, North America’s largest port, plans to install a $26.6 million solar...more

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