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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?

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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

Premises Pollution Liability Policy: Missouri Appellate Court Addresses Insurance Coverage Issue

The Missouri Court of Appeals (Eastern District) addressed in a December 19th opinion a coverage issue involving a Premises Pollution Liability Policy (“ PPL policy”). See Hazelwood Logistics Center, LLC v. Illinois Union...more

Podcast Episode 14 - Four Cases to Watch in 2018

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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

Clean Sweep for City of San Diego in Challenge to Approval of Private School

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On December 20, 2017, the Fourth District Court of Appeal delivered a solid win for the City of San Diego in a multi-faceted challenge to its approval of a private school pursuant to a Mitigated Negative Declaration (“MND”)....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 Actualized and the Impact on Affordable Housing and Community Development

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As we know, the President has signed what was originally titled Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the most significant overhaul to the U.S. Tax Code since 1986. The President signed the Act into law after the first of the year in order...more

D.C. Circuit Upholds FTA Approval of Purple Line Light Rail Project

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Reversing a district court decision that had delayed work on the $2.4 billion Purple Line light rail transit project in Maryland, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has held that the Federal...more

Second Appellate District Rejects Challenge to EIR Alternatives Analysis for West Hollywood Redevelopment Project

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On December 22, the Second Appellate District certified for publication its November 30 opinion in Los Angeles Conservancy v. City of West Hollywood, concerning a proposed mixed-use redevelopment of the “Melrose Triangle”...more

2018 California Construction Law Update

The California State Legislature introduced 2,495 bills during the first year of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session. Of these, 859 were signed into law....more

Endangered Species Act: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Request for Public Comment on Incidental Take Permit Applications to...

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (“FWS”) issued a December 5th Federal Register Notice asking for public comment on federally listed American burying-beetle incidental take permit applications. See 82 Fed. Reg....more

Do Not Clean, Clean Dirt: Douglass v. Shamrock Paving, Inc.

On December 21, 2017, the Washington Supreme Court issued a decision interpreting the private right of action under Washington’s Model Toxics Control Act (“MTCA”), Douglass v. Shamrock Paving, Inc. The decision analyzes three...more

Is the Issuance of a City Use Permit Referable? Not When It Is an Administrative Act

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Arizona’s Constitution gives electors in cities, towns, and counties the ability to refer legislation that was enacted by their local elected officials to the ballot for popular vote. Ariz. Const. art. IV, Pt. 1 § 1(8). But...more

Salt Transloading Facility: Court Addresses Whether Local Ordinance is Preempted by Federal Statute

A United States District Court addressed in a December 7th opinion whether the Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act (“Act”) preempted a Vermont town’s ordinance regulating a salt transloading facility. See Vermont...more

Portland Comprehensive Plan Effective Date Likely Delayed to May 2018

The effective date of the new Portland Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code has been delayed to at least May 24, 2018. These two related planning projects, begun a number of years ago, were subject to review and approval by the...more

Condado Miami-Dade adopta nueva legislación P3

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Hemos escrito con anterioridad sobre la nueva legislación P3 propuesta del condado de Miami-Dade, tanto cuando se propuso inicialmente como antes de ponerse bajo consideración del subcomité de la jurisdicción, el Comité de...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

Developer-Buyer Beware: Calling Assumed Improvement Bonds In North Carolina Can Be Complex

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

In 2007, Developer Clarion-Reames, LLC (“Clarion”) sought to construct a residential housing development in Charlotte, North Carolina. Clarion received final approval from the City to record plats for Phase I section of the...more

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

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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

New Source Review/Clean Air Act: December 7th U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Memorandum Addressing...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Administrator E. Scott Pruitt issued a December 7th guidance memorandum titled: New Source Review Preconstruction Permitting Requirements: Enforceability and Use of...more

Miami-Dade County Adopts New P3 Legislation

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We previously wrote about Miami-Dade County’s proposed new P3 legislation, both when it was initially proposed, and prior to it being considered by the subcommittee of jurisdiction, the Government Operations Committee....more

Say My Name, Say My Name: Appealing Neighbors Must Name the Permit Applicant

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

A partner of mine in New York used to say, “Few things can’t be undone in litigation.” I didn’t agree. A recently-decided case, following on less-recently-decided authority, from the North Carolina Court of Appeals reveals...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

Massachusetts Appeals Court Holds that Restrictive Covenants Created as Part of a Common Scheme May Be Extended Beyond Thirty...

by Mintz Levin on

On December 5, 2017, the Massachusetts Appeals Court issued an important decision in Berger v. 2 Wyndcliff, LLC, No. 16-P-336 (Mass. App. Ct. Dec. 5, 2017), clarifying the extent to which land owners in a common-scheme...more

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