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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

Court Supports Expansive View of What Constitutes Religious Use

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Courts have recently expanded what constitutes religious conduct. In particular, in Matter of Sullivan v. Board of Zoning Appeals of City of Albany, 144 A.D. 3d 1480 (3d Dep’t 2016), an appellate court ruled that the use of a...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

Schwabe Defends Tribal Sovereignty

The trial team of Brien Flanagan, Aukjen Ingraham and Sarah Lawson successfully stood up to outside parties attempting to interfere in the Navajo Nation’s economic activity. Federal Judge Steven Logan granted the Navajo...more

[Event] Nossaman's 2017 California Coastal Law Conference - October 10th, La Jolla, CA

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Nossaman LLP invites you to join us for the 3rd Coastal Law Conference at The Lodge at Torrey Pines in San Diego. This in-depth seminar will feature officials from the California Coastal Commission and State Lands Commission,...more

DC Circuit Rules that FERC Must Consider Global Warming in Approving New Natural Gas Pipelines

by Snell & Wilmer on

The United States has one of the most extensive natural gas pipeline networks in the world. This vast network enables the ongoing switch away from coal-fired generation and toward a renewables and natural gas-based electric...more

Trump Signs Executive Order to Streamline Environmental Review and Permitting Process for Infrastructure

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On August 15, President Donald J. Trump signed a second executive order "streamlining" the federal environmental permitting process with a goal of making construction of transportation, water, and other infrastructure...more

Executive Order Aims to Streamline Environmental Permitting of Infrastructure Projects

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In furtherance of the administration’s broad infrastructure initiative, President Trump on August 15 signed an executive order (EO) entitled “Establishing Discipline and Accountability in the Environmental Review and...more

Arrested Development? After year of defeating development, could LI be the ‘Land of No’ no longer?

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

This Long Island Business News Article quotes Farrel Fritz' Attorney Anthony Guardino. Long Island has long been a tapestry of small towns from Manhasset to Montauk, with local regulations that seem designed to help keep...more

California Attempts to Fill the Clean Water Act Breach - State Water Board Issues Revised Rule for Definition of Wetlands and...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Although the federal government under the Trump Administration is stepping back from regulations under the Clean Water Act (CWA) – see President Donald Trump's Executive Orderand proposed federal rule – the state of...more

Good News! City of Orlando Permitting Process May Get Easier

The City of Orlando, in partnership with KPMG, hosted a Permitting and Development Forum to discuss enhancements of the current review process. The forum, which took place on June 1 in the City Council Chambers, provided...more

Are You Sure You Want to Challenge That Permit Condition?

Barbara Lynch et al. v. California Coastal Commission, Case No. S221980 - The California Supreme Court has drawn a deeper line in the sand by (a) refusing to expand the Mitigation Fee Act to cover “land use restrictions”...more

California Supreme Court Sides with Coastal Commission in Case Challenging Permit Conditions - Ruling Holds That Property Owners...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In Lynch v. California Coastal Comm'n, __ Cal.5th __, No. S221980, 2017 WL 2871762, 2017 Cal. LEXIS 5054 (Cal. July 6, 2017), the Supreme Court of California held that the owners of bluff-top residences along the California...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - July 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - California Supreme Court upholds restrictions on Encinitas seawall - San Diego Union-Tribune - Jul 6 - The California Supreme Court dealt a blow Thursday to two coastal property...more

Plaquemines Parish Amends Petition for Damages In Coastal Zone Management Act Litigation

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The Parish of Plaquemines amended its petitions in two of the Coastal Zone Management Act (“CZMA”) cases on June 19, 2017. Prior to the amendment of the petitions, Judge Clement sustained Defendants’ Exceptions of Vagueness...more

Voters May Not Usurp City’s Administrative Land Use Authority Through Initiative Process

by Miller Starr Regalia on

In The Park at Cross Creek LLC v. City of Malibu (2nd Dist. 2017), ___Cal.App.5th___ (Case No. B271620), the Court addressed the validity of a voter enacted initiative, Measure R, designed to limit large developments and...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

A Prevailing Party May Now Recover Attorney’s Fees in a Vested Rights Dispute

by Jackson Walker on

Chapter 245 of the Texas Local Government Code (the “Vested Rights Statute”), provides a regulatory scheme in which developers and the public may rely upon regulations of a regulatory agency in effect at the time an initial...more

Beware Environmental Regulations Lurking in Local Codes – Such as the Wellhead Protection Program

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

Most companies know that the environmental impacts of their operations are regulated by the federal government (primarily the US Environmental Protection Agency) and various state governments (in Oregon, primarily the Oregon...more

Are Land Use Fees the Solution to Long Island’s Fiscal Challenges? – Part 2

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

In this post, which is the second segment of a three-part series, we will highlight the various ways that local governments facing fiscal challenges have turned to imposing fees related to the administration of their zoning,...more

Treaty Obligations to Protect Fish Habitat From Degradation Upheld

by Perkins Coie on

In July 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that the state of Washington violated tribal treaty obligations by building and maintaining barrier culverts that block 1,000 linear miles of streams suitable...more

Supreme Court of California Ruling Elevates Responsible Agency Role Under CEQA - City's EIR Erred by Failing to Fully Disclose and...

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In Banning Ranch Conservancy v. City of Newport Beach, et al., the Supreme Court of California held that lead agencies need to expressly disclose and consider the jurisdictional claims and regulatory opinions of responsible...more

Dan Bailey Testifies Before Massachusetts Legislature on House Bill No. 1112, “An Act Improving Housing Opportunities and the...

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

The Massachusetts Legislature is considering a bill that seeks to reform zoning law and simplify the process for developers to build housing. Pierce Atwood real estate partner Daniel J. Bailey appeared on behalf of the...more

Fate of U.S. - Canada dam license in question

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The holder of the U.S. federal hydropower license for a dam spanning the international border with Canada border has petitioned for approval to surrender that license, citing economic considerations. At issue is the Forest...more

RLUIPA Round Up

The recent confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch has brought renewed attention to the often blurry line between the courts, government and individual religious liberty. Gorsuch wrote a concurring opinion in the...more

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