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Private Activity Bonds Under President Trump's "Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America"

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The White House released a 53-page framework on Tuesday setting forth its legislative goals for rebuilding America's infrastructure (the Infrastructure Plan)....more

California Issues Initial Implementation Guidance on 2017 Housing Laws - HCD Identifies Jurisdictions Where Local Governments Must...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• One of the most notable laws in California's package of housing laws passed by the State Legislature and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2017 is SB 35, which requires most local governments to issue housing developers...more

Advocating for increased funding for affordable housing – MAHC’s 2018 Housing Day

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition (MAHC) held its annual Housing Day in Annapolis today.   The event brings together over 200 affordable rental housing advocates to inform legislators of the value of affordable...more

Trump Administration Releases FY 2019 Budget Proposing 18.3% Reduction in HUD Funding

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

This week, the Trump administration released its proposed budget for the 2019 fiscal year. Overall, the budget proposes an $8.8 billion (18.3%) reduction in the HUD budget from the 2017 enacted level, a more drastic cut than...more

Local Implementation of Senate Bill 35

The San Francisco Planning Director issued a Bulletin in December 2017 explaining how SB 35 will be implemented locally now that it is effective, as of January 1, 2018. Among other things, the Bulletin includes a new...more

2018 California Public Agency Laws – Part II - Housing and Land Use, Environment, Public Property/Public Works and Economic...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The California Legislature was busy in 2017, which means plenty of laws passed in Sacramento that will impact public agencies. In this three-part series, Best Best & Krieger LLP gives a comprehensive summary of the new laws...more

Sustainable Development Update - January 2018 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - New legislation proposes more housing near California transit stations - Los Angeles Times - Jan 4 A dramatic increase in new housing near transit stations could be on its way across...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

Low-Income Housing for People with Disabilities

People with disabilities are disproportionately low-income. Like many other marginalized communities, people with disabilities are being priced out of many neighborhoods, especially in large metropolitan centers, as rental...more

Planning for Growth and More Growth

Growth in Florida is expected to continue its upward trend in 2018. According to data from U-Haul, Florida was the country’s No. 2 Growth State for 2017, for the second year in a row. ...more

Ambitious “Housing-First Policy” for “Transit-Rich Housing” Would Require Greater Density and Height for Housing Near Transit,...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

First term California State Senator Scott Wiener has quickly become a state leader on housing policy. Last year the San Francisco-based senator sponsored Senate Bill 35, which creates a streamlined approval process, in...more

HUD starts the rollback of affirmatively furthering fair housing?

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Last week, HUD issued a notice extending until after October 31, 2020, the deadline for cities and other participating jurisdictions to submit assessments of fair housing (AFH), the new reporting and assessment tool required...more

Sustainable Development Update - January 2018

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Trump administration reverses course on PACE financing - Greentech Media - Dec 27 In December, federal housing officials erected a new hurdle for residential property-assessed clean...more

Slate of New Housing Bills Take Effect January 1, 2018

Governor Brown signed into law a slate of 15 new housing bills last fall. Three of those bills that related to funding sources for housing went into effect immediately, while the other 12 took effect on January 1, 2018. These...more

The Impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on LIHTC Investments

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act contains changes impacting the LIHTC Program. While the low-income housing tax credit program emerged largely unscathed, the reduction in corporate tax rates will reduce equity pricing. ...more

Environmental Justice Element Now Required for California’s General Plans

As of January 1, 2018, California’s cities, counties, and charter cities are required to either adopt an Environmental Justice Element in their General Plan or integrate Environmental Justice policies and goals into the...more

Tiny Houses Gain Momentum in Florida

We have previously discussed on our blog the tiny house movement and the possibility of this growing trend ameliorating the shortage of affordable housing in the Sunshine State. The second annual Florida Tiny House Festival...more

NYC May Use Eminent Domain To Deal With Homeless Issues

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

To address the homeless crisis, NY City will acquire buildings that house homeless families to convert them to affordable housing, using with legal force if necessary. It has stated that it will use eminent domain if...more

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: Tax Credit Industry Mostly Spared

by Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. on

The final version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was passed on Wednesday, December 20th, by both the House and Senate, marking the most comprehensive tax reform since 1986, with major implications to the tax credit and...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

Brightline Train Launches This Month in South Florida

The country’s first private high-speed train is set to roll out this month in South Florida. The proposed route will connect Miami to Fort Lauderdale in half an hour, and Miami to West Palm Beach in just one hour. ...more

HUD rolls back PACE financing in single family FHA deals

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In July 2016 HUD issued guidance on the use of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) assessments for single family properties with FHA-insured mortgages. In January 2017, HUD followed with guidance on the use of PACE...more

Year-End CEQA Legislative And Regulatory Roundup – December 2017

by Miller Starr Regalia on

As another year draws near its close, a number of notable recent CEQA developments in both the legislative and regulatory arenas have occurred that bear mention. SB 35 (Wiener), perhaps the “poster child” of the numerous...more

Oregon Client Alert Urgent Action Needed to Preserve Private Activity Bonds

Maintaining the existing authority under the Code for private activity bonds (PABs) is vital to continuing public and private investments in infrastructure that support the economy and essential public services. Such...more

Mass. SJC Says Chapter 40B Doesn’t Authorize Override Of Municipally-Held Property Restriction

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

In its recent decision in 135 Wells Avenue, LLC v. Housing Appeals Committee (pdf), the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) confirmed that a property restriction held by a municipality cannot be overridden by the...more

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