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10th Circuit Holds Colorado’s Urban Renewal Statute Violates Due Process in M.A.K. Investment Group v. City of Glendale

On May 14, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit issued a surprising ruling establishing that a municipality must provide individual notice to property owners whose property is located within an area determined...more

Latest Updates To The Central SoMa Plan: What’s New?

On May 10, 2018, the San Francisco Planning Commission voted unanimously to adopt the Central SoMa Plan and its Implementation Program by certifying the EIR and recommending approval of implementing legislation, with...more

Appellate Court Rejects Challenges to Residential Development in Montebello - BB&K Defends City from CEQA, Brown Act and Planning...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

In a decision that allows progress on development of new housing in a time of great need in California, a California appellate court upheld a trial court ruling that had rejected several legal challenges to a residential...more

What's on the radar for real estate?

by Hogan Lovells on

In this short guide, we have highlighted some of the key legal changes that are on the real estate radar in a variety of international jurisdictions. Please see full Publication below for more information. ...more

Water snippets

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Hogan Lovells Publications | Water Newsletter | 15 May 2018 Water updates from South Africa CoCT emergency desalination plant prepares to come online The City of Cape Town V&A desalination plant, feeding 2.0 megalitres of...more

Appellate Division Reverses Site Plan Approval Requiring Merger of Six Individual Lots into One Shopping Center Lot

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

It is not uncommon for municipal planning departments to require applicants that are seeking land use approvals involving multiple contiguous parcels to consolidate or merge the properties to form one single larger parcel. ...more

CDFI Fund Issues $3.5 Billion Notice of Allocation for New Markets Tax Credits

The annual application period has opened for businesses and other organizations that want to invest in distressed communities with the help of federal tax credits. This week, the Community Development Financial...more

Land Use Matters: A Publication of Alston & Bird's Land Use Group, May 2018

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

Development Opportunity – Cheltenham Township

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Cheltenham Township Community Development Corporation (CTCDC) is seeking proposals from qualified applicants for the acquisition and redevelopment of a 5 acre parcel of land, zoned commercial, and owned by the Township. ...more

2018 Environmental Legislative Update No. 5

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Welcome to our Environmental Legislative Updates. Throughout Connecticut’s legislative session, these updates highlight developments concerning environmental law and policy. The author prepares updates as Legislative...more

The Court Of Discontent Is A Whale Of A Problem

by Cozen O'Connor on

A blue whale grows more than thirty pounds a day and doubles in size in its first six months of life. Every developer wants to land the whale of a deal. Many big deals in the District of Columbia require complicated...more

California Court of Appeal Finds EIR’s Air Quality Analysis Deficient

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

CEQA Case Report: Understanding the Judicial Landscape for Development In a partially published opinion issued January 12, 2018, City of Long Beach v. City of Los Angeles, the California Court of Appeal affirmed in part...more

California Court of Appeal Approves Environmental Analysis for Oil Refinery Propane Recovery Project

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Rodeo Citzens Ass’n v. County of Contra Costa, California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, Division Three, Case No. A151184 (March 20, 2018). CEQA Case Report: Understanding the Judicial Landscape for Development...more

Attorney General Confirms that Disposition of Real Property Under Long Range Property Management Plan is an Administrative Act not...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

On April 27, 2018, the California Attorney General published an opinion (No. 17-702) concluding that a City of Hollister resolution approving the execution of an agreement to sell real property for development, pursuant to an...more

Conditions, conditions…

by Hogan Lovells on

A recent Court of Appeal decision serves as a cautionary tale for local planning authorities – and will no doubt result in landowners dusting down their historic permissions...more

The right to dig down: issues surrounding basement developments

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As viable development land remains in short supply, it is unsurprising that developers are looking for ways to increase density within existing sites. While we have previously commented on the difficulties of building upwards...more

Unsteady Foundations: The European Commission’s New Approach to Infrastructure State Aid

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Traditionally, the European Commission’s (EC) approach towards public funding of infrastructure was that such aid fell outside the scope of State aid rules. Recent investigations show that this approach is changing, as the...more

Objectors Have A Heavy Burden When Opposing A Special Exception

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The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania recently confirmed the standards by which an applicant is entitled to special exception approval, which could help applicant’s in preparing their cases before a zoning board....more

Alley Dwellings: The Next Frontier Or A Zoning Headache?

by Cozen O'Connor on

As the recent census data show, more people are moving to the District each year and sticking around. While huge cranes dot the skyline in many areas of the city, there may be an unexpected answer to the District’s housing...more

Brownfields: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Awards East Arkansas Planning and Development District $300,000 for Assessments

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) announced in an April 25th news release that it had awarded $300,000 to the East Arkansas Planning and Development District(“East District”). The East District is...more

Failure to Refer Area Variance Application to County Planning Agency Poses Jurisdictional Defect and Nullifies Approvals

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

In Fichera, et al. v. New York State Dep’t of Envt’l Conserv., et al., decided last month, Petitioners commenced an Article 78 proceeding seeking to void actions taken and determinations made by the New York State Department...more

Agilización de impugnación de licitaciones

by Bilzin Sumberg on

La semana pasada, Rand Corporation, que acaba de completar un análisis del sistema federal de impugnación de licitaciones, anunció que lo que el gobierno federal ha estado haciendo particularmente bien es resolver rápidamente...more

“Transit-Rich” Housing Bill Dies in Committee

In our blog post of just one month ago — New California Bill Promotes “Transit-Rich” Housing Development — we provided an update on California Senate Bill 827, legislation that aimed to promote the development of...more

Public-private partnerships may gain traction in water infrastructure

Political momentum appears to be building behind the need to construct and repair critical American infrastructure, including water and wastewater projects, and has renewed interest in using public-private partnerships (PPPs)...more

Portland Poised to Adopt Strict Limits on House Size

Portland planning staff is proposing strict new limits on the size of houses that can be built or remodeled in most areas of the City. Included in the latest draft of its “Residential Infill Project” code amendments, the...more

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