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Office of Great Lakes Moves from DEQ to DNR

by Varnum LLP on

Gov. Rick Snyder recently issued Executive Order 2017-9 which moves the Michigan Office of Great Lakes from the DEQ to the DNR. "Protection and management of the Lakes is critical to our future," said Gov. Snyder....more

Fall 2017 Property Tax and Valuation Topics

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Property Assessment Class Action Fails - On previous occasions, the editors of Property Tax and Valuations Topics have noted that Connecticut courts tend to be rather strict in requiring property owners to pursue statutory...more

Littoral Rights/Lakefront: Florida Appellate Court Addresses Damage Action for View Obstruction

The District Court of Appeals of Florida (“Appellate Court”) addressed in an October 20th opinion a dispute between adjacent lakefront neighbors related to construction of a dock and walkway. See HagertySmith, LLC v....more

Seattle Waterfront’s Local Improvement District: Paying Special Attention to Stay Ahead

The Seattle Waterfront Project is waiting on a “special” study from the City of Seattle as plans proceed for the waterfront’s redevelopment. As outlined in Schwabe’s first article on this topic, the City has finished a...more

New York’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Programs (“LWRPs”) And Climate Change

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Now more than ever, climate resiliency along our coastlines is an important aspect of long range municipal planning. Back in 1981, the New York State Legislature enacted the Waterfront Revitalization of Coastal Areas and...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

Seattle Waterfront’s Local Improvement District: An Introduction

The Seattle Waterfront Project is a step closer in its plans for redevelopment, or at least a step closer in estimating a piece of its funding. Earlier this month, the City of Seattle received a feasibility study revealing...more

California Court of Appeal Again Rules in Favor of Public Against Billionaire Owner of Martins Beach

by Miller Starr Regalia on

Martins Beach, near Half Moon Bay in the County of San Mateo, is the subject of protracted litigation on various fronts stemming from tech billionaire Vinod Khosla’s 2009, decision to change the public’s access to and use of...more

Property Owner Forfeited Right to Challenge Coastal Commission Permit by Constructing Seawall - California Supreme Court Decision...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

A property owner who obtains a development permit will forfeit his right to challenge conditions imposed on that permit by proceeding with the development, the California Supreme said Thursday. ...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - May 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - California cracks down on last beachfront sand mining operation in U.S. - San Jose Mercury News - May 16 - On Tuesday, the California State Lands Commission issued a demand to the...more

Beware The Restrictive Covenant

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Also known as negative easements, restrictive covenants can wreak havoc on the ability to develop property. Recently, in our real estate practice at Farrell Fritz, we have seen two alarming examples....more

Is Your Neighbor’s Dock on Your Property?

by Varnum LLP on

I've always envied accountants because their busy season ends when the weather starts to get nice. As a riparian rights attorney, I have the opposite problem. When lake season approaches, and docks and lifts are installed, my...more

Six Years in the Making, New Ch. 91 Flexibility Washes Ashore

Last month, MassDEP and the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management released long-awaited revisions to the regulations governing waterfront development in Massachusetts (the Chapter 91 regulations, the Designated Port...more

CLF Takes Its MHP Fight Across the Fort Point Channel

Last week we wrote about the Conservation Law Foundation filing suit against EOEEA Secretary Beaton and DEP Commissioner Suuberg for actions associated with the approval of an amendment to the South Boston Waterfront District...more

CLF Questions Secretary’s Chapter 91 Discretion

Last week the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) announced it has filed suit against EOEEA Secretary Beaton and DEP Commissioner Suuberg for actions associated with the approval of an amendment to the South Boston Waterfront...more

New Draft Guidance Issued On Marine District Permits

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

One of the most cherished and an important environmental feature of New York is its shoreline. Not only do people live near, swim and fish in the marine and coastal waters of New York, from the Hudson River near the Tappan...more

Village of Asharoken Opts Out of Federal Beach Project

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Asharoken, N.Y. January 10, 2017–Swayed by public opinion and perceived elitism, the Incorporated Village of Asharoken (“Asharoken”) opted out of a federal beach nourishment plan implemented by the Army Corp of Engineers...more

Is There Practical Evidence of Climate Change?

by Burr & Forman on

A recent article in The New York Times titled: Perils of Climate Change Could Swamp Coast Real Estate, indicates that rising seas and storm-related flooding in Florida appear to be driven by climate change and may be having...more

Massachusetts High Court Draws Bright Line in Sand on Expansion of Easement Rights to Additional Land

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

In his recent blog post, “SJC Keeps Bright-Line Test for Overloading of Easements,” Pierce Atwood real estate partner Don Pinto discusses Taylor v. Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank Commission, a recent decision in which the...more

No Prescriptive Easement Over Registered Beach Lots That Expanded By Accretion

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

In an important decision for owners of waterfront property, a divided Appeals Court panel has ruled in a case of first impression that where registered land expands by accretion, the owner need not return to court to...more

Riparian Easements And Waterfront Lands

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

In New York, as a general rule, the touchstone of riparian rights has been the ownership of land touching a navigable waterway. See Bromberg v. Morton 64 AD2d 684 [2d Dept 1978]. As a result, unless expressly reserved by...more

Trouble in Paradise: Florida Third DCA’s Opinion in Beyer v. City of Marathon Declaimed as “For The Birds”

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Nestled in the center of the Florida Keys lies the City of Marathon; a tropical paradise splitting the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. Recently, Florida’s Third DCA hatched the case of Beyer v. City of Marathon. On...more

No Prescriptive Rights Arise from Misuse of Dedicated Area

by Varnum LLP on

In 2012 the Michigan Legislature passed PA 56 in an attempt to stop the misappropriation of public road ends by private individuals. Though PA 56 carries criminal penalties, a recent Court of Appeals decision reflects that...more

City of Pittsburgh adopts Riverfront IPOD

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

On June 6, 2016, City of Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto signed legislation enacted by City Council amending the City of Pittsburgh Zoning Code by establishing a Riverfront Interim Planning Overlay District (“IPOD”). The...more

The Tide Rises Waterfront Development in Pennsylvania

by Reed Smith on

Pennsylvania organizations hoping to increase development of public amenities and parks along Pennsylvania’s waterfronts may soon benefit from the new “Waterfront Development Tax Credit” enacted as part of Act 84, and signed...more

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