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Portland's Neighborhood Associations Going Strong After 40 Years

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

Portland's neighborhood associations have generated news lately, from Montavilla's resolution resisting the City's efforts to clear homeless camps, to controversy over whether transient persons can vote in Overlook's...more

Embark Richmond Presents Substantial Redevelopment Opportunity

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Fairfax County is close to finishing its comprehensive plan amendment for the Richmond Highway Corridor in northern Virginia. The amendment will create a substantial amount of new density — much of it residential — along the...more

Cities Need Autonomous Vehicles Just as Much as Autonomous Vehicles Need Roads to Drive Down

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Slowly, in the background of our day-to-day lives, cities and their suburban counterparts have been gaining intelligence. Stoplights are timed and monitored by a suite of cameras and sensors; traffic patterns are tracked and...more

Warrington Township, Bucks County

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On November 2, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., the Warrington Township Planning Commission intends to review an updated Comprehensive Plan for the Township. After this Comprehensive Plan is reviewed by the Planning Commission, it will...more

Unique, But Not Unusual: First District Affirms CEQA Exemptions and General Plan Consistency Finding For Three-Unit Infill Condo...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

While “agree[ing] with appellant that Telegraph Hill is outstanding and unique in a city of outstanding and unique places[,]” the First District Court of Appeal nonetheless affirmed the trial court’s order denying...more

Autonomous Cars are Here to Stay, but are Cities ready for them?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Without question, autonomous cars and autonomous systems are here to stay. As automotive manufacturers, suppliers, and new entrants to the industry dive headfirst into the autonomous vehicle sector, questions remain as to how...more

Playground Permanently Dedicated and Used As a Public Park Earns Massachusetts Constitutional Protections of Article 97

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has reinterpreted the test for determining whether municipal parklands are protected by article 97 of the Amendments to the Massachusetts Constitution. This decision means that more...more

Well, Isn't That a Special Use? Navigating the Special Use Permit Process in North Carolina

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

North Carolina statutes provide that cities and counties may issue special use permits in accordance with the principles, conditions, safeguards, and procedures specified in their zoning regulations. A special use permit...more

Land Use Matters, Alston & Bird LLP, September 2017

by Alston & Bird on

Land Use Matters provides information and insights into legal and regulatory developments, primarily at the Los Angeles City and County levels, affecting land use matters, as well as new CEQA appellate decisions. Please...more

Fourth Appellate District Upholds City of San Diego’s Rejection of Subdivision Project and Related MND

by Downey Brand LLP on

CEQA decisions usually arise in the context of a challenge to a lead agency’s approval of a project and a related CEQA document. However, in a recent decision, Kutzke v. City of San Diego (2017) 11 Cal.App.5th 1034...more

Land Use Matters, Alston & Bird LLP, July 2017

by Alston & Bird on

Land Use Matters provides information and insights into legal and regulatory developments, primarily at the Los Angeles City and County levels, affecting land use matters, as well as new CEQA appellate decisions. Please...more

U.S. Supreme Court Establishes New Test for Evaluating Property Rights Under the Takings Clause

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In Murr v. Wisconsin, No. 15-214, 2017 WL 2694699 (U.S.S.C. June 23, 2017), the U.S. Supreme Court, in a majority opinion by Justice Anthony Kennedy, addressed "one of the critical questions" in the law of regulatory takings:...more

Los Angeles releases proposed commercial cannabis regulations

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In one of the most significant milestones in the history of marijuana legislation, Los Angeles’ City Council recently released its proposed regulations governing commercial cannabis activity in the city. Simultaneously, the...more

U.S. Supreme Court: State Law Merging Lots in Common Ownership Not a Regulatory Taking

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In an interesting twist, eight members of the U.S. Supreme Court agreed on June 23, 2017, in the case of Murr v. Wisconsin, No. 15-214, that state regulations making two adjoining lots held in common ownership into a single...more

West Coast Real Estate Update - May 2017 - #3

by Holland & Knight LLP on

L.A. to Legalize Residential Units Previously Created in Violation of Building Code - On May 10, 2017, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved an ordinance that would permit previously unapproved dwelling...more

Chicago Department of Planning and Development releases Industrial Corridor Modernization Framework Plan

by DLA Piper on

The Chicago Department of Planning and Development (DPD) has released its North Branch Industrial Corridor Modernization Plan. This framework plan is the first component of the City of Chicago's industrial corridor...more

Land Use Matters, Alston & Bird LLP, March 2017

by Alston & Bird on

Land Use Matters provides information and insights into legal and regulatory developments, primarily at the Los Angeles City and County levels, affecting land use matters, as well as new CEQA appellate decisions. Please...more

Land Use Matters, Alston & Bird LLP, November/December 2016

by Alston & Bird on

Land Use Matters provides information and insights into legal and regulatory developments, primarily at the Los Angeles City and County levels, affecting land use matters, as well as new CEQA appellate decisions. Please...more

California Supreme Court Overturns City’s General Plan Consistency Determination, Holding that 1973 Resolution is Not Part of its...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

Attorneys are undoubtedly familiar with the adage that “bad facts make bad law.” When an agency makes a general plan consistency determination, bad facts can also result in a court concluding that the deference typically...more

Land Use Matters, Alston & Bird LLP, August 2016

by Alston & Bird on

Land Use Matters provides information and insights into legal and regulatory developments, primarily at the Los Angeles City and County levels, affecting land use matters, as well as new CEQA appellate decisions. Please...more

Real Estate and Land Use - August 2016 #3

Supreme Court Clarifies Valuation Rules on Potential for Future Exactions - City of Perris v. Stamper S217738 (Cal. Supreme Court, July 21, 2016) - Why it matters: The California Supreme Court reexamined the rules...more

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