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Ohio EPA releases draft NPDES construction storm water general permit

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

On February 9, 2018, the Ohio EPA issued a public notice of its fifth-generation draft general NPDES permit for the statewide regulation of storm water associated with construction activities (Permit No. OHC000005). ...more

Why Greater Boston Needs Transit-Oriented Development: Insights from Nutter's Mike Scott

Mike Scott, a partner and chair of Nutter's Real Estate Department, analyzed why Greater Boston needs to focus on transit-orient development in Nutter Insights. Mike discussed the current housing situation in Greater Boston;...more

An Examination of Federal Permitting Processes: U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform/Subcommittee on the...

The United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (“Committee”) held a hearing on March 15th titled: An Examination of Federal Permitting Processes ...more

Client Alert: U.S. EPA Issues Policy Intended to Ease Pre-Construction Permitting Requirements for New and Modified Industrial and...

In what is now clear to be a series of policy changes to ease air permitting requirements for industrial and manufacturing facilities, U.S. EPA has issued its second memorandum entitled “Project Emissions Accounting under the...more

Dewatering During Construction and Post-Construction—Regulatory Paradigms and Options

Major construction projects, especially new office, residential and mixed-use buildings, often require dewatering to remove intercepted groundwater from subterranean areas. Intercepted water flows may continue even after...more

Government Violated Developer’s Bert J. Harris Act Rights by Denying Site Plan, Finds Florida 4th District Court of Appeals

by Bilzin Sumberg on

In a significant ruling, Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal in the case of Ocean Concrete, Inc. v. Indian River County ruled the government violated the developer’s Bert J. Harris Act rights by denying a site plan for...more

California Legislation Guide for Developers

Last fall, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a package of 15 bills in response to the state’s housing shortage and affordability crisis. These bills came into effect on January 1st, 2018. The bills have important...more

Maryland Lawmakers Consider Changes to Development Rights and Responsibility Agreements

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

The Maryland General Assembly is currently considering House Bill 1390 (“HB1390”). As introduced, HB 1390 will materially impact the utility of the Development Rights and Responsibility Agreement (“DRRA”) for land owners,...more

Serbia's Land Conversion Law Raises Prospect of Investment Treaty Claims

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Serbia's recently implemented Land Conversion Law regulates the procedure by which companies convert their land use rights into ownership rights. Although land use rights were previously adequate for companies...more

Aptos Residents Association vs. County of Santa Cruz: More CEQA Certainty for Vital Wireless Telecommunications Networks

by Newmeyer & Dillion LLP on

On February 5, 2018, the Sixth Appellate District of the California Court of Appeal issued its decision in a case called Aptos Residents Association v. County of Santa Cruz (2018 WL 1069730). The case affirms that wireless...more

Podcast Episode 16 - Tales from the Border Wall with T. Christian Miller

by Locke Lord LLP on

Locke Lord LLP’s Eminent Domain team hosts an original podcast series. In Episode 16, T. Christian Miller of ProPublica joins us to talk about ProPublica's series of articles on the Border Wall. The excellent series can be...more

Administration Gives Northern Pass a Second Chance for Energy Procurement

After releasing a request for proposals in March 2017 seeking long-term contracts for clean energy projects, on January 25 the Baker-Polito administration selected the Northern Pass Hydro (Northern Pass) project to move...more

Framework for Regulatory Reviews: First-Order Conditions for Success

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Balanced Messaging with the Introduction of New Legislation - With the recent tabling of proposed legislation to reform the environmental and regulatory system for major projects, the federal government stated the...more

Infrastructure Series: Trump's Infrastructure Plan and the Future of Infrastructure Reform

by WilmerHale on

This is the inaugural issue of WilmerHale's 10-in-10 Infrastructure Series. Over the next 10 weeks, our attorneys will share insights on current and emerging issues affecting infrastructure project developers in the United...more

U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Environment Hearing/New Source Review Permitting – Challenges for Manufacturing...

The Subcommittee on Environment of the United States House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing on February 14th entitled: New Source Review Permitting Challenges for Manufacturing of...more

Feeling Underwater? A Brief Look at Recent Clean Water Act Developments

by Holland & Hart LLP on

It is becoming increasingly difficult for the regulated community to stay abreast of state and federal environmental regulatory developments, particularly as they are decided in court. The following alert summarizes some...more

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

White House Releases Final Proposal to Streamline Infrastructure Permitting

by Perkins Coie on

On February 12, 2018, the White House released a set of proposals to streamline the federal environmental review process for infrastructure projects. The 55-page “Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America”...more

What to Watch: Five Key Features of the Infrastructure Package

by Bracewell LLP on

The President has announced more details regarding the new national infrastructure initiative that he referenced during his State of the Union address. The details suggest the Administration is taking a new approach to...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

COGCC Issues New Rules on Flowline Disclosure

by Snell & Wilmer on

With the booming population in Colorado, more and more people have found themselves moving closer to oil and gas operations. This has had some grave consequences in recent times, but the industry has been quick to respond to...more

Recent Court Decision and EPA/Corps Actions Affect Fate of Clean Water Rule

by Williams Mullen on

A major skirmish in the long-running legal battle over the scope of protected waters under the federal Clean Water Act (“Act”) has just ended with the U.S. Supreme Court decision in National Association of Manufacturers v....more

Alteration of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Projects: February 5th Federal Register Notice Proposing Engineer Circular

The United States Army Corps of Engineers (“Corps”) issued a February 5th Federal Register notice proposing to issue an Engineer Circular (“EC”) related to the policies and procedures for processing certain requests to alter...more

New Funding Source for Mass Transit under the SMART Plan

by Bilzin Sumberg on

We have previously written about the need for new funding solutions for public transportation, including mechanisms that capture the added value of mass transit on adjacent properties. ...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

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