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Sky bridges are making a comeback in these pedestrian-friendly times

Younger workers, aged 18-34 years old (yes, Millennials), prefer walking as a mode of transportation by 12 percentage points over driving, prefer living within walking distance of shops and restaurants, and having short...more

Legislature Seeks To Prevent Local Voters From Enacting Many Types of Pro-Development Initiatives

by Perkins Coie on

The California Legislature just sent another “stop me before I vote again” bill to the Governor. Assembly Bill 890 proposes to limit severely the scope of voter-sponsored, pro-development land use initiatives. The Governor...more

The Texas Tree Mitigation Fee Credit Bill is Resurrected from the Dead

by Jackson Walker on

Many developers must remove existing trees in order to build new homes or buildings. Some cities have required developers to pay fees, known as tree mitigation fees, as a condition for permitting the removal of the trees....more

Well, Isn't That a Special Use? Navigating the Special Use Permit Process in North Carolina

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

North Carolina statutes provide that cities and counties may issue special use permits in accordance with the principles, conditions, safeguards, and procedures specified in their zoning regulations. A special use permit...more

Richmond’s Master Plan Update: A Rare Opportunity for the Real Estate Development Industry

by Williams Mullen on

On July 18, 2017, the City of Richmond formally initiated an update to the City-wide Master Plan, which it named “Richmond 300: A Guide for Growth”. Intended as a roadmap for the City’s development over the next 25 years, the...more

Comfort Stations May Be Permitted Uses of Public Streets

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

After Hurricane Sandy devastated Long Beach and its boardwalk in 2012, officials sought to reconstruct the city’s iconic esplanade. As part of the rebuild, the Long Beach City Council determined to award contracts for the...more

Rezonings and Text Amendments in Pennsylvania: Procedural and Substantive Considerations

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Often a real estate developer will encounter a zoning ordinance that does not permit the developer’s desired use or physical structure on the property. In these circumstances, the developer may pursue a rezoning of the...more

The Special Economic Zones system extended to cover the entire territory of Poland

by Dentons on

The Polish government has just announced plans to replace the existing Special Economic Zones (SEZ) — scheduled to expire in 2026 — with a new system of permits providing a tax exemption for investments made anywhere in...more

Land Use Matters, Alston & Bird LLP, September 2017

by Alston & Bird on

Land Use Matters provides information and insights into legal and regulatory developments, primarily at the Los Angeles City and County levels, affecting land use matters, as well as new CEQA appellate decisions. Please...more

The Little Hoover Commission Issues Report on Special Districts

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The Little Hoover Commission released its highly anticipated report entitled “Special Districts: Improving Oversight & Transparency” last week. This was the Commission’s first look at special districts since it last studied...more

New York’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Programs (“LWRPs”) And Climate Change

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Now more than ever, climate resiliency along our coastlines is an important aspect of long range municipal planning. Back in 1981, the New York State Legislature enacted the Waterfront Revitalization of Coastal Areas and...more

Further Opportunity to Extend Development Orders and Building Permits

by Bilzin Sumberg on

On August 4, 2017, Governor Scott extended the previously declared State of Emergency issued for the Zika Virus for the seventh time, affording holders of permits and development orders an expanded opportunity to toll the...more

Interlocutory Remand Can Be Used to Supplement Agency Findings Prior to Judgment - California Court of Appeal Upholds Trial...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• In Highway 68 Coalition v. County of Monterey, et al., California's Sixth District Court of Appeal endorses the trial court's use of interlocutory remand as a prejudgment tool to allow a lead agency to supplement deficient...more

Flooding in Houston: Can We – Should We? – Plan for Such Massive Flooding Events?

by Downey Brand LLP on

All eyes are appropriately on Houston right now, where record rainfall has led to catastrophic flooding, loss of life, inestimable damages, and years if not decades of recovery and re-building. Around the country, many...more

Fourth Appellate District Upholds City of San Diego’s Rejection of Subdivision Project and Related MND

by Downey Brand LLP on

CEQA decisions usually arise in the context of a challenge to a lead agency’s approval of a project and a related CEQA document. However, in a recent decision, Kutzke v. City of San Diego (2017) 11 Cal.App.5th 1034...more

What’s Next for the Winthrop Square Development Project?

On July 28, 2017 Governor Baker approved a home rule petition proposed by Mayor Walsh which changed a Massachusetts law so that a skyscraper could be built over the Winthrop Square garage in Boston, Massachusetts. Obtaining...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Republicans Challenge Wording of Medicaid Expansion Question on Fall Ballot - Question 2 on...more

Court Dismisses Developer’s Claim Against Township For Damages

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In the case of Cardinal Crossing v. Marple Township, the PA Commonwealth Court was faced with the issue of whether a developer, who spends substantial funds on a development, in reliance on statements of support from a...more

Smart Solutions for Smart Cities

by Hogan Lovells on

Smart cities will fundamentally change the way we live in, move around and use the space within our urban environment.  They will also change the way in which real estate deals are transacted with creative solutions being...more

Denver City Council Approves Great Hall Project Development Agreement

by Nossaman LLP on

In the early hours of August 15, 2017, the Denver City Council approved a $1.8 billion development agreement between the City and County of Denver’s Department of Aviation and Denver Great Hall, LLC, a consortium led by...more

New Requirements for Planned Developments in Chicago

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Yesterday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel issued an executive order requiring all applicants seeking Planned Development (PD) approval to report intended and actual employment of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs) as...more

Breaking news in NSW planning law - Greater Sydney and Wollongong Councillors to be excluded from all development decisions, and...

by Dentons on

The Environmental Planning and Assessment and Electoral Legislation Amendment (Planning Panels and Enforcement) Act 2017 (NSW) (the Local Planning Panel Act) and the Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Staged...more

SEQRA Permits Lead Agency To Remove Conditions from Conditional Declarations

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Petitioners, residents and nearby occupants (“Petitioners”), commenced a hybrid Article 78 proceeding and declaratory judgment action against the Planning Board of the Village of Tuckahoe (“Board”) and others in Murphy v....more

Las P3 para el impacto social

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Las agencias gubernamentales en todos los niveles están recurriendo cada vez más a las colaboraciones público-privadas (public-private partnerships, P3) para la entrega de nueva infraestructura pública. Sin embargo, la...more

The Tiny House Craze: Zoning Laws Could Be a Tiny Impediment

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

The “tiny house” movement is all the rage right now. The cause of the craze may be many faceted. Whether the popularity and demand is being driven by a shift in peoples’ preference to downsize to a more simplified lifestyle...more

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