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Murr Epilogue: Wisconsin Lawmakers Pass “Homeowners Bill of Rights,” Effectively Reversing Flawed U.S. Supreme Court Decision

by Miller Starr Regalia on

Early last summer the U.S. Supreme Court released its long-awaited, and deeply flawed decision in Murr v. Wisconsin, __ U.S. __ (2017). We wrote about this unfortunate new takings case here and in “Missed Opportunity In...more

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

Residential Developments: Purchasers to pay GST to ATO after 1 July 2018

by K&L Gates LLP on

Treasury has released consultation draft legislation on GST for sales of "new residential premises" and "potential residential land" (subdivided residential lots). As explained in detail further below, if enacted, the...more

Federal Oversight of Zoning within the Fire Island National Seashore

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Fire Island is a 32-mile long, slender barrier sand bar island located between the Atlantic Ocean and the South Shore of Long Island. The island, which varies in width from as little as about 550 feet to not more than about...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

Washed Away: What Rights Do You Have When Your Home is Flooded?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Bill Deron bought a 100-acre tract next to a creek outside the City of Houston. Deron planned to build a subdivision where some of the homes abut a creek. The other homes would sit about 15 feet higher than the creekside...more

San Diego Developer Strikes Out on “Disguised Taking” Claim

In Dryden Oaks, LLC v. San Diego County Regional Airport Authority et al.(D068161, filed 9/26/17, publication order 10/19/17), the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District held that the County of San Diego...more

Pennsylvania Fails to Timely Reissue General Permit for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Construction Activities – After...

by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC on

After December 7, 2017, new Pennsylvania land development projects that disturb in total over an acre of land will require an individual National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (“NPDES’) permit. Although the...more

Bellevue’s Downtown Livability Initiative

Nearly five years after the Bellevue City Council commenced the Downtown Livability Initiative, the Council brought the initiative full circle by unanimously adopting a substantially revised, 190-page downtown land use code....more

City Passes New Affordable Housing Requirements in Three Pilot Zones

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On October 11th, the Chicago City Council passed two ordinances creating three new Affordable Requirements Ordinance zones. The new requirements eliminate the option to pay an in-lieu fee in the pilot zones, and require...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

Water Banks: Why You May Need One

Water banks are not new — they have been around a long time. Water banking is a practice used to effectively manage water supplies throughout Western states. Water banking has long been used to solve water issues ranging from...more

Subdivisions May Speed Up in Jurisdictions Near You

As we all know, many areas of Washington are experiencing considerable growth. The Seattle Metro region, in particular, grew approximately 1,100 people per week since 2010. People are moving to our state in droves, and...more

Business Succession for Real Estate Companies

Planning for a business succession – sale or transition of a business to new owners – is as important as planning for business formation or business operations. In our experience, however, planning for business succession is...more

Court Clarifies Rules for Takings, Precondemnation Damages Claims

by Nossaman LLP on

Two of the more complicated issues eminent domain attorneys face are analyzing whether government conduct rises to the level of a taking, and whether the government engaged in precondemnation conduct that gives rise to...more

Westhampton Beach Park Fee Upheld

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

My partner, Anthony Guardino, recently posted a three-part series about land use fees on this blog. This post concerns a decision by the Appellate Division upholding a $776,307 “Park Fee” imposed by the Village of Westhampton...more

Court Rejects Labor Union’s Referendum Petition to Thwart City’s Sale of Land to Private Hotel Developer Whose Project Would Not...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

The use and abuse of the California Environmental Quality Act and the elections laws by special interests such as business competitors and labor unions is a pervasive and problematic feature of the California development...more

Time to Rehab the Aging Condominium Concept - Fixing Problems Uncovered By The Great Recession

by Bilzin Sumberg on

The condominium concept in the United States is now over 55 years of age. Many of the early condominium projects are old and in need of rehabilitation or cannot economically be rehabilitated and are candidates for demolition...more

Florida Development Permits Eligible for Extension Due to Hurricane Irma

by Holland & Knight LLP on

A permit and development order extension opportunity is available as a result of the threat posed to Florida by the recent Hurricane Irma. Holders of certain development orders can request at least an additional six months to...more

The Texas Tree Mitigation Fee Credit Bill is Resurrected from the Dead

by Jackson Walker on

Many developers must remove existing trees in order to build new homes or buildings. Some cities have required developers to pay fees, known as tree mitigation fees, as a condition for permitting the removal of the trees....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

Court of Appeal Rules That Subdivision Map Act Does Not Require City to Determine Legal Status of Lots Created by Older Map Before...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

Since 1907, the Subdivision Map Act has “grandfathered” older subdivisions and the parcels they created if they were properly recorded under any law (including a local ordinance), regulating the design and improvement of...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

Developer Asks SCOTUS To Hear Fla. Takings Case

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

A Florida developer petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a $10 million takings case against the Florida Department of Environmental Protection The developer alleged that the DEP’s denial of a development permit for a...more

Court Dismisses Developer’s Claim Against Township For Damages

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In the case of Cardinal Crossing v. Marple Township, the PA Commonwealth Court was faced with the issue of whether a developer, who spends substantial funds on a development, in reliance on statements of support from a...more

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