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Florida State of Emergency for Zika Virus Has Terminated - Deadline for Extension of Development Permits Nears

by Holland & Knight LLP on

After the issuance of various extensions, the Zika virus state of emergency declared by Florida Gov. Rick Scott has terminated after the governor did not renew the Executive Order. However, holders of certain development...more

Real Estate and Construction Newsletter - February 2018

by Barley Snyder on

Pennsylvania Construction Contractors Under The Gun For Misclassifying Employees As Independent Contractors - Pennsylvania has been sending a strong message to contractors that it is enforcing a law penalizing contractors...more

Sustainable Development Update - February 2018 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - More companies prefer green bonds, carbon taxes - GreenBiz - Feb 7 Companies that are serious about reaching aggressive emission-reduction targets are increasingly turning to green bonds,...more

Grandfathering and Continuing Nonconformities in North Carolina

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

Last time, we introduced you to the concept of nonconformity laws in North Carolina. This time, we’ll spend some energy discussing the most common (and legally charged) aspect of nonconformity laws: how local laws restrict...more

Autonomous Vehicles and Ride Sharing Will Reshape Our Buildings, Our Cities, and Our Lives

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

When the first automobile hit roadways in the early 1900s, developers, planners, and city officials had to completely re-think the design and planning of cityscapes, both new and old. The era of narrow streets, communities...more

City's General Plan Land Use Policy Survives CEQA Challenge Based on Potential Urban Decay

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• In Visalia Retail, LP v. City of Visalia, the California Court of Appeal has rejected a challenge brought under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to a land use policy in the City of Visalia's General Plan...more

Tax Reform Establishes Municipal Opportunity Zones for Investment

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Included in the recently enacted federal tax reform legislation is the Investing in Opportunity Act (the “Act”) which establishes the Opportunity Zones Program (the “Program”). The Program aims to spur private investment in...more

Fifth Appellate District Upholds City of Visalia’s General Plan Update Against Challenge to Square Footage Restrictions in...

by Downey Brand LLP on

On January 30, 2018, the Fifth Appellate District certified for publication its earlier opinion in Visalia Retail, LP v. City of Visalia, upholding the City of Visalia’s (“City”) 2014 General Plan Update. Plaintiff and...more

CEQA News You Can Use - Vol. 3, Issue 1

Welcome to CEQA News You Can Use, a quarterly publication of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP’s Natural Resources lawyers. This publication is intended to provide quick, useful bites of CEQA news that we hope can be a...more

Can You Benefit from a Section 1031 Exchange of Property?

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

When you are selling vacant land or non-owner occupied property held for commercial or investment purposes, you need to consider structuring the sale as an Internal Revenue Code ("Code") Section 1031 Tax-Deferred Exchange,...more

Real Estate. Major Russian legislation changes for 2017

by Dentons on

Major reforms in shared construction - Federal Law No. 218-FZ on the Public Law Company for the Protection of Rights of Individuals Who are Shared Construction Participants in the Event of Insolvency (Bankruptcy) of...more

REO Advisor 2018, Vol. 3

This edition of the REO Advisor examines the parameters of the REO holding or “grace period" and explores the limits of reconstruction projects at REO properties....more

2018 Construction Outlook: Mature Expansion, Deceleration in Some Sectors, Continued Growth in Others

U.S. construction starts are expected to increase 3 percent to $765 billion in 2018 according to Dodge Data & Analytics in its 2018 Dodge Construction Outlook. But we may be approaching the end of a construction boom, at...more

When Does a Contractor Legally Abandon a Construction Project?

by Snell & Wilmer on

Lately, we’ve been spending more time as litigators pursuing and defending claims of abandonment against contractors. It has become apparent that abandonment is often misinterpreted in its legal meaning and effect. Here are...more

Podcast Episode 14 - Four Cases to Watch in 2018

by Locke Lord LLP on

Locke Lord LLP’s Eminent Domain team hosts an original podcast series. In Episode 14, we discuss four cases to watch in 2018: Ganson v. City of Marathon –...more

A New Maryland Ruling on Development Rights and Responsibility Agreements- Score Another Round for the Developer

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

The Maryland Court of Appeals recently heard and decided a case involving Development Rights and Responsibility Agreements. In my first blog post on this topic, “Development Rights and Responsibility Agreements: The Give and...more

Tax Reform: What Does the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Mean for the Real Estate and Construction Industry?

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “Act”) was signed into law by President Donald Trump on December 22, 2017. The Act changes many provisions of the Internal Revenue Code, from individual and business provisions, to...more

Conference of State Bank Supervisors Urges Federal Regulators to Simplify Regulatory Capital Rules

by Ruder Ware on

On September 27, 2017, the FDIC, the Federal Reserve, and the OCC (the “Agencies”) issued a proposed rule that simplifies the compliance requirements of the existing regulatory capital rules and is intended to reduce the...more

Washington Supreme Court Upholds Investigation Costs as a Remedial Action Under the Model Toxics Control Act But Restricts...

by Lane Powell PC on

Construction and Environmental Legal Update - The Washington Supreme Court has affirmed in a unanimous ruling that the costs to test soil for hazardous substances qualify as a “remedial action” under the Washington Model...more

Los Angeles Adopts Affordable Housing ‘Linkage Fee’

Why it matters: The newly adopted Affordable Housing Linkage Fee will be assessed against all commercial and residential developers in order to help pay for affordable housing in the city....more

El arte en lugares públicos: ¿carga regulatoria u oportunidad?

by Bilzin Sumberg on

El concepto de arte en lugares públicos está bien establecido en los Estados Unidos. Ya en la década de 1930, el gobierno federal creó los programas New Deal a través de los cuales se les pagaba a artistas para crear obras...more

Podcast Episode 13 - Penn Central and the Loft by Central Park

by Locke Lord LLP on

Locke Lord LLP’s Eminent Domain team hosts an original podcast series. In Episode 13, Professor Jamila Jefferson-Jones joins us to discuss the sharing economy, regulations on short-term rentals, and how such regulations...more

From Red to Black: Using Tax Credit Programs to Complete the Project

Similar to other industries in today’s economy, our contractor and developer clients deal in a highly competitive marketplace. As contractors and developers seek opportunities to expand business, they should consider some...more

Out is Now In – Understanding the Outparcel Trend and Potential Pitfalls

During the last several years, we have noticed a trend in the world of retail development. More and more “big-box” retail companies are carving out parts of their parking lots to create new outparcels. To understand the...more

Trendy Building Material May Cause Future Problems

We all remember the litigation nightmare surrounding synthetic stucco or EIFS (exterior insulation finish systems) in the recent past. Now, commentators worry that Adhered Concrete Masonry Veneer, also known as manufactured...more

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