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Violation of Zoning Ordinance Limiting Medical Marijuana Cultivation Did Not Justify Seizure of Dispensary’s Medical Marijuana

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The Sixth District Court of Appeal held that a medical marijuana dispensary could recover its marijuana plants seized by law enforcement, finding that violation of the ordinance did not render medical marijuana plants...more

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Zoning Commission Approves Six-Month Extension Of Orders Expiring Through December 31, 2020

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As part of the initial flurry of administrative and regulatory changes in response to the ongoing pandemic, the Zoning Commission (Commission) took emergency action to approve a text amendment to the Zoning Regulations...more

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Zoning Commission Moves To Clarify Regulations For Virtual Meetings And Hearings

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As COVID-19-related closures are likely to continue into 2021, the Zoning Commission (Commission) recently took emergency proposed action to further clarify the rules and procedures for virtual meetings and hearings. The text...more

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Board Of Zoning Adjustment Reverses Zoning Administrator’s Interpretation On Multiple Dwelling Conversions In The RA-1 And RA-6...

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On July 1, 2020, the Board of Zoning Adjustment (Board) reversed a decision by the Zoning Administrator (ZA) allowing the by-right conversion of an existing dwelling unit into an eight-unit apartment house in the RA-1 zone. ...more

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D.C. Office of Planning Recommends Public Hearing for Expanded Inclusionary Zoning

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The District of Columbia Office of Planning (OP) on Sept. 4, 2020, filed a Set Down and Prehearing Report recommending that the Zoning Commission set down Z.C. Case No. 20-02 for a public hearing. Z.C. Case No. 20-02 proposes...more

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Sustainable Development and Land Use Update - September 2020 #1

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Bid to allow duplexes on most California lots fails after Assembly approval comes too late...California lawmakers nearly sent a bill to Governor Gavin Newsom that would have essentially ended single-family zoning across much...more

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Sustainable Development and Land Use Update - August 2020 #4

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California bill would allow a duplex on most single-family parcels - Los Angeles Times – August 26 - The California Assembly is considering a bill, authored by state Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins (D-San Diego),...more

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Cannabis Investors and Producers Face Need for Due Diligence

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The cannabis industry is growing in leaps and bounds, but entrepreneurs interested in developing cannabis companies – as well as business people interested in investing in them – must make certain that they know what they are...more

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[Webinar] Developing Property for Economic Growth - September 9th, 9:00 am - 11:00 am EST

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Bricker & Eckler attorneys, with special guest Thomas Winston, President & CEO, Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, invite you to attend a virtual presentation that will walk you through the process of developing public or...more

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Rowland v. Warrenton: Rezoning by Proffer Statement & After Planning Commission Denial

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On May 28, 2020, the Virginia Supreme Court issued its decision in the case of Rowland v. Town Council of Warrenton, 842 S.E. 398 (2020). The case provides useful insight and practical tools for those navigating the rezoning...more

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“L.A. Al Fresco” Program Extended to End of 2020

The City of Los Angeles announced that it has extended its “L.A. Al Fresco” program until the end of 2020. The program was designed to help restaurants reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic by offering a streamlined permitting...more

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Not Your Grandfather’s Nonconforming Structure: Mass. Appeals Court Clarifies Deadrick Decision, Discusses Difference Between...

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In perhaps a sign of the linguistic times, Appeals Court Justice James R. Milkey’s opinion in the case of Comstock v. Zoning Board of Appeals of Gloucester received more media coverage for certain racial history commentary...more

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Sustainable Development and Land Use Update - August 2020 #2

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L.A. aims to increase affordable housing with proposed zoning changes - Daily Breeze – August 6 - The Los Angeles Department of City Planning last Thursday released plans for an incentive-based zoning system for...more

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The planning white paper – our views on the proposals for planning reform

The long awaited Planning White Paper was finally published on 6 August 2020 for consultation which, as promised, proposes radical changes to the current planning system that are not short of ambition. This is not the...more

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Philadelphia Zoning, Land Use, and Construction COVID-19 Update

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The Ballard Spahr Zoning and Land Use Team is continuing to monitor all aspects of the Philadelphia land use approval process during the COVID-19 emergency, including the issuance of zoning and building permits, regulation of...more

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New Outdoor Dining Permits Available for LA County Restaurants

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works recently released information about its COVID-19 Temporary Outdoor Dining Program. The program is designed for restaurants in unincorporated Los Angeles County that are...more

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Philadelphia Zoning, Land Use, and Construction COVID-19 Update

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The Ballard Spahr Zoning and Land Use Team is continuing to monitor all aspects of the Philadelphia land use approval process during the COVID-19 emergency, including the issuance of zoning and building permits, regulation of...more

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Oklahoma Oil and Gas Business Braces for Change in Wake of Supreme Court Decision

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On July 9, 2020, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in McGirt v. Oklahoma, ruling that most of the eastern half of Oklahoma is an Indian reservation. While the decision ostensibly resolves a jurisdictional challenge to a...more

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Ontario introduces COVID recovery measures impacting development and more

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On July 8, the Province of Ontario (the Province) introduced Bill 197 (the Bill), an omnibus COVID-19 economic recovery bill, An Act to amend various statutes in response to COVID-19 and to enact, amend and repeal various...more

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Exceptional living in the green belt in extraordinary times

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Mark Child reviews whether low impact development in the Green Belt should be judged as wholly exceptional cases, rather than relying on attempting to prove "very special circumstances" exist for its justification. Please...more

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Affordable Housing SEPP and Growth Centres SEPP – when two SEPPs clash on lot size does one prevail?

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Secondary dwelling applications commonly rely on the Affordable Housing State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) clauses which direct that the consent authority “must not refuse” a development application (DA) “on the basis...more

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Province invites comments on proposed amendments to growth plan, land needs assessment and new growth forecasts

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On June 16, 2020, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (Ministry) released proposed amendments (Amendment 1) to A Place to Grow: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (Growth Plan), and a proposed Land Needs...more

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Philadelphia Zoning, Land Use, and Construction COVID-19 Update

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The Ballard Spahr Zoning and Land Use Team is continuing to monitor all aspects of the Philadelphia land use approval process during the COVID-19 emergency, including the issuance of zoning and building permits, regulation of...more

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UK Freeports: an opportunity for businesses?

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The UK government has long cited the establishment of Freeports in the UK as one of the opportunities offered by Brexit. As we reported in February, it has launched a consultation1 which identifies its policy objectives and...more

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Wrong Procedure Costs City $1 Million Dollar Judgment Against Developer it Fined for Building Without Permits

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In a striking blow, stripping a city of a judgment of nearly $1 million, the Massachusetts Appeals Court recently reversed a superior court summary judgment awarding fines to the City of Haverhill for a developer’s violations...more

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