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Mayor Adams Outlines Vision for "City of Yes"

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On June 1, New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced his “City of Yes” plan to amend the city’s zoning tools to support small businesses, create affordable housing, and promote sustainability. His plan includes three major...more

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Breaking: Mass. High Court Expansively Interprets Zoning Exemption for Solar Energy

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Massachusetts has committed to increasing the generation of electricity from renewable energy sources, such as solar power, through a series of laws and policies. As solar energy systems have proliferated, trial courts have...more

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[Webinar] Overview of Siting Agreements and Land Use Considerations for Solar and Energy Storage Projects in Virginia - June 2nd,...

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Over the last several years, the Virginia General Assembly has passed several new laws to provide additional tools to developers when seeking local zoning approval for solar and energy storage projects in Virginia. One of...more

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Soil Importation/Gravel Quarry: Massachusetts Appellate Court Addresses Zoning Issue

The Appeals Court of Massachusetts (“Court”) addressed in a May 13th Opinion the interpretation of certain zoning laws to the importation of soil (which included some man-made materials). See Immanuel Corp. v. Zoning Board of...more

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Appeals Court Excuses City’s Notice-by-Mail Fail

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Today the Appeals Court decided Markham v. Pittsfield Cellular Telephone Company (pdf), holding that the 90-day appeal period under M.G.L. c. 40A, § 17 for zoning appeals alleging procedural defects is not tolled where a...more

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Inclusionary Zoning: Carrots Taste Better and Aren’t as Painful as Sticks

Several polls indicate that housing affordability continues to be a major issue across the nation....more

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Law of the Land - Real Estate Litigation Newsletter - May 2022, Volume I, Issue XIII

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CASES OF NOTE - FINALIZE BUILDING PLANS EARLY ON TO AVOID DELAYS - St. Paul's Foundation v. Ives, 29F.4th 32, 33 (1st Cir. 2022) - A recent decision out of the First Circuit Court of Appeals emphasizes the...more

Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL

Planning & Zoning in Kentucky – Bring Your “A” Game to the Administrative Hearing

A key piece of our American legal system is due process, and the right to have your “day in court.” For planning and zoning appeals, that day in court will likely come before you arrive at the circuit court. ...more

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Community Solar Farm/Zoning: Minnesota Appellate Court Addresses Conditional Use Denial

The Court of Appeals of Minnesota (“Appellate Court”) addressed in a May 9th Opinion an appeal of a decision by the Stearns County Board of Commissioners (“Commissioners”) to deny an application for a conditional use permit...more

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Queen’s Speech: New planning measures introduced

This year’s Queen’s Speech takes forward the Government’s planning reform agenda. In this BCLP Insight we take a look at which new Bills have implications for planning and what this means for those in the planning and...more

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Ban on Short-Term Rentals Required Coastal Commission Approval

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The Court of Appeal held that absent a distinction between short- and long-term rentals, both are permitted under city zoning ordinances, and any ban on short-term rentals that changes the status quo is an amendment that...more

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Fairfax County, Virginia, Outlines Potential Changes to Site-Specific Plan Amendment Process

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Fairfax County, Virginia, planning staff recently released a report recommending changes to the current comprehensive plan Site-Specific Plan Amendment (SSPA) process. The proposed changes are intended to make the overall...more

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NY State Legislators Introduce Legislation to Protect SoHo/NoHo Residents

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New York State Senator Brian Kavanagh and New York State Assembly member Deborah Glick have each introduced state legislation to amend the New York Multiple Dwelling Law in relation to joint live-work quarters for artists...more

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Assessing the Playing Field After Mississippi’s Medical Cannabis Opt-Out Deadline Expires

May 4th celebrates Star Wars, and May 5th is Cinco de Mayo. While not as popular, May 3rd still likely means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. But, in Mississippi, in 2022, May 3rd was a date circled on...more

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Trouble Brewing in Marblehead

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In St. Paul’s Foundation v. Ives, the First Circuit Court of Appeals held that the Town of Marblehead did not violate the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) when it declined to reinstate a suspended...more

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Bar Exam Toolbox Podcast Episode 170: Listen and Learn -- Real Property Zoning Rules

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Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking about a frequently tested real property issue – zoning ordinances. We'll cover zoning variances, as well as the different ways in which zoning ordinances can...more

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What’s So Special About Special Use Permits?

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The “Special Use Permit” is a zoning term and process used by a municipality to encourage, but still regulate, land use in a zoning district by making it subject to a special review and criteria detailed in the zoning...more

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Philadelphia Zoning and Land Use Update - March 2022 #2

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Pending Bills in the New Jersey State Legislature for the 2022-2023 Legislative Session - The New Jersey Legislature has introduced a number of bills for the upcoming Legislative Session that concern the issuance of zoning...more

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In The Zone? Defining Your Place in Real Estate

Your business thrived in spite of COVID and you need to relocate and expand your facility. So you found a suitable parcel of property on the edge of town – it's the right size and is served by all the necessary utilities... ...more

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Michigan Expands Development District Liquor License Availability

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A recently passed Michigan law will streamline access to liquor licenses in development districts and is expected to lower costs for hospitality industry businesses that invest in constructing or restoring buildings. ...more

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Boom in Home Delivery Just One Change Prompting Zoning Code Modernization

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Home-delivered goods were having a moment, even before the pandemic. But soon after locking down in early 2020, Americans began relying on home delivery like never before....more

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Looking into Our (Slightly Hazy) Crystal Ball: What Will the Mississippi Cannabis Market Look Like?

When you do what we do, you get a lot of calls and a lot of questions. Many of the calls and questions are not fruitful. Quite honestly, some of the calls are from folks whose interest in and experience with cannabis is, we...more

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Action Challenging Restrictions on Short-Term Vacation Rentals Was Barred by 90-Day Statute of Limitations

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The Court of Appeal held that an action to set aside an ordinance restricting short-term vacation rentals on the ground of failure to obtain a Coastal Development Permit (CDP) was barred by the 90-day statute of limitations...more

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Philadelphia Zoning and Land Use Update - March 2022

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UPDATE: OPA Releases Final Abatement Regulations Answering Several Questions - The Philadelphia Office of Property Assessment (OPA) recently finalized regulations (the Regulations) addressing many issues that we identified...more

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Fairfax County, Virginia, to Modernize Parking Requirements

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The “Parking Reimagined” initiative will update the parking requirements of Fairfax County’s zoning ordinance. This will include an extensive analysis of required parking rates, supply and demand factors, and national parking...more

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