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Governor Brown Signs Major Housing Package Into Law

by Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass on

On September 29, 2017, Governor Brown signed into law a 15-bill housing package. The housing package did not include AB 915, which would have authorized the City and County of San Francisco to impose local inclusionary...more

CEQA News You Can Use - Vol. 2, Issue 2

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

Local Ballot Measures: Continuing Legal and Political Points of Division

by Nossaman LLP on

A recent swell of local ballot measures throughout the State and the controversy and case law that has resulted serve to remind the Elections Law/Land use lawyer that more than a little caution is warranted, as the web of...more

Sustainable Development Update - June 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - California and New York just sued to protect Obama’s final energy rules - Washington Post - Jun 14 - Eleven states, led by California and New York, have sued the Trump...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - January 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - As Trump enters White House, California renews climate change fight - Reuters - Jan 20 - California released new measures to fight climate change within minutes of Donald...more

Is There Practical Evidence of Climate Change?

by Burr & Forman on

A recent article in The New York Times titled: Perils of Climate Change Could Swamp Coast Real Estate, indicates that rising seas and storm-related flooding in Florida appear to be driven by climate change and may be having...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: June 2016 #1

by Holland & Knight LLP on

California Governor Proposes "Build By Right" Approval Process for Affordable Housing - Recognizing the extreme need throughout California for construction of new affordable housing units, on May 13, 2016, Gov. Jerry...more

Governor Ducey Vetoes Water and Development Bills

by Snell & Wilmer on

With the second regular legislative session of Governor Doug Ducey’s tenure complete, the Governor exercised his veto pen rejecting several laws impacting water and land development. On May 9th, Governor Ducey vetoed two...more

Governor Seeks to Streamline Approval of Multifamily Housing Projects

In an effort to encourage housing production, Governor Jerry Brown has made a bold proposal to streamline the approval of certain multifamily housing projects that include a portion deed-restricted affordable units. The...more

Attention Home Improvement Contractors: CA Bill Singles Out Solar Contractors

California Assembly Bill 2699 (Gonzalez) is a bill to watch if you are a home improvement contractor that solarinstalls solar energy systems or, for that matter, a contractor in California. AB 2699 would, among other things,...more

For Virginia Land Use, Local Governments Have To Follow The Rules

by Reed Smith on

Starting July 1, 2016 Virginia local governments must, in reviewing a residential rezoning or concept plan amendment, determine whether a requested land use exaction addresses an impact that is “specifically attributable” to...more

News from the Vermont State House - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team

PFOA Contamination Likely to Spur Legislative Action - The discovery of Perfluorooctanoic Acid contamination in southern Vermont drinking water has prompted legislators to examine whether more action is necessary to...more

Colorado House Votes Down Bill Giving Local Authorities Power Over Fracking

by BakerHostetler on

Two Democrats joined the Republicans in the Colorado House of Representatives on April 4, 2016, to defeat a bill that sought to assert local government control over oil and gas drilling. Drilling operations in Colorado have...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House 11/6/2015

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. Maine Pulp and Paper Industry Summit on November 17 - “These are not your grandfather’s paper...more

Texas Becomes First State to Ban Fracking Bans

by Baker Donelson on

On May 18, 2015, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed House Bill 40 into law, putting restrictions on the ability of municipalities to regulate the oil and gas industry in their jurisdictions. Because the bill passed both the...more

Five Georgia Environmental Bills to Watch in 2015

by Burr & Forman on

Georgia legislature warms up to solar panels, gets protective of coastal marshes, withdraws support for electric cars, and sacrifices LEED certifications in favor of jobs. April 2, 2015 marked final adjournment of the 2015...more

Suit by Denton, Texas, Royalty Interest Owners Could be Harbinger of More Suits If Proposed Hydraulic Fracturing Ban Passes

by BakerHostetler on

Ahead of the November 4th vote that could make it the first city in Texas to ban hydraulic fracturing, the City of Denton has been sued by a group of royalty interest owners claiming that the city’s current temporary ban...more

New Law Requires Cities and Counties to Expedite Their Permitting Processes for Small Residential Rooftop Solar Systems

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Cities and Counties Must Enact New Solar Permitting Ordinances by Sept. 30, 2015 - A new law imposes requirements on cities and counties regarding permitting for small residential rooftop solar energy systems. Under AB...more

California’s New Streamlined #Solar Permitting Law Goes into Effect

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Over the weekend, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2188, which is designed to streamline the permitting process for small rooftop solar systems. The new law seeks to give California’s Million Solar Roofs target a...more

Fracking Hearings Set to Begin in North Carolina

by BakerHostetler on

This Wednesday in Raleigh will see the first of four upcoming public hearings in North Carolina over the state’s proposed fracking rules. The hearings are part of the final phase of rule making, coming after two years of...more

New York Landowners Sue Governor Cuomo Over Fracking Review

by BakerHostetler on

A large group of New York property owners have filed suit against Governor Andrew Cuomo, demanding that the state concludes its five-year-long assessment of whether to allow high-volume hydraulic fracturing. The group, called...more

Members Seek Update to Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act

by King & Spalding on

On January 9, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2279, the Reducing Excessive Deadline Obligations Act. The package, composed of three separate bills, seeks to modernize existing federal law and increase the role...more

Senate Introduces Bill To Amend Endangered Species Act

by Nossaman LLP on

A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act (ESA)—entitled the Endangered Species Management Self-Determination Act (Bill)—has been introduced in the United States Senate. The Bill, authored by Senators Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Mike...more

Yet More on the Adaptation Front: Where You Stand Depends on Whether Your Property Is Underwater

A story in E&E Daily on October 30 highlighted the difficult choices – including political choices – that are going to have to be faced in the process of adapting to climate change. The story noted that a number of...more

Court Holds Groundwater Augmentation Charge is Not Subject to Voter Approval Requirements of Proposition 218

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Notice of a Public Hearing for a Property-related Fee or Charge Must Only be Mailed to the Record Owners of Each Affected Parcel - A California court of appeal recently held that a groundwater management agency’s...more

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