Shari Shapiro, LEED Accredited Professional and Green Building Law Blogger, Discusses LEED Decertification

(Please visit the site to view this video) Shari Shapiro, an attorney and , focuses her practice on green building law, which includes sustainable project financing, regulatory drafting, land use approvals, contracts, and conflict resolution. Shapiro is the Sustainability Coordinator for Obermayer...

Videocast - Shari Shapiro of Green Building Law Blog looks at Renewable Energy & Green Building Law

(Please visit the site to view this video) Shari Shapiro, an attorney and LEED Accredited Professional, focuses her practice on green building law, which includes sustainable project financing, regulatory drafting, land use approvals, contracts, and conflict resolution. Shapiro is the Sustainability...

Video by Shari Shapiro, Sustainability Coordinator and Green Building Law Blogger, on Green Building Law and Energy Regulation

(Please visit the site to view this video) Shari Shapiro, an attorney and LEED Accredited Professional, focuses her practice on green building law, which includes sustainable project financing, regulatory drafting, land use approvals, contracts, and conflict resolution. Shapiro is the Sustainability...

Veteran Land Use Attorney Named To Head PLF’s Florida Office

STUART, Fla. - Florida attorney Alan DeSerio, a land use and condemnation practitioner with broad experience in both the private and public sectors, has joined Pacific Legal Foundation as managing attorney with PLF's East Coast (Atlantic Center) office here. Founded in 1973, PLF is the nation's...

Cohen & Grigsby Welcomes Attorneys Clifford Levine, Alice Mitinger

PITTSBURGH - Cohen & Grigsby, a business law firm with headquarters in Pittsburgh and an office in Bonita Springs, Fla., has announced that the following highly experienced attorneys have joined Cohen & Grigsby's Pittsburgh offices: Clifford B. Levine joins Cohen & Grigsby with extensive...

Professor Daniel P. Selmi on the Year in Review: Ten Environmental Law Cases from 2010

By Professor Daniel Selmi, Professor of Law, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Get the latest expert analysis on important environmental law cases from 2010. The article discusses trends over the last year in environmental and land use case law from California appellate courts and the federal Ninth Circuit...

The 2010 California Environmental Legislative Recap: Public Policy Paralysis

By Mr. Gary Lucks Get the latest analysis of environmental laws recently passed by the California Legislature. The article, originally published as the Lead Article for the February 2011 issue of the California Environmental Law Reporter (Matthew Bender), includes coverage of 2010 state legislation...

Williams Mullen: Local Land Use Issues Arising In Foreclosure

Editor Lloyd, Jr., T. Preston Most commercial lenders will typically arrange for at least a modest amount of land use due diligence prior to making a real estate secured loan. Depending upon the type of transaction and property type, that due diligence should include...

Restoring Lost Connections: Land Use, Policing, and Urban Vitality

By Nicole Stelle Garnett* * Professor of Law, Notre Dame Law School. This speech was delivered as the 2010 Brennan Lecture at the Oklahoma City University School of Law on April 8, 2010. Excerpt from Restoring Lost Connections: Land Use, Policing, and Urban Vitality , 36 Okla. City U.L. Rev...

Douglas P. Carstens on Local General Plans in California

Recent efforts by the California Legislature to make changes to land use requirements to promote priorities such as development of renewable energy sources have placed new emphasis on local general plans. In this Analysis, Douglas P. Carstens delineates the relevant factors when courts will interpret...

The Year in Review: Ten Environmental and Land Use Cases from 2011

In this Analysis, Daniel P. Selmi discusses trends over the last year in environmental and land use case law from California appellate courts and the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals involving appeals from district courts in California. He writes: VII. Housing: A Rare Appearance for the "Anti...

California High-Speed Rail on Track? Bridging the Gap Between Competing Land Use Issues with the California High-Speed Rail Project

By Kevin J. Grochow* * J.D. Candidate, Chapman University School of Law, May 2012; B.A. History, University of California, Irvine, June 2007. Excerpt from California High-Speed Rail on Track? Bridging the Gap Between Competing Land Use Issues with the California High-Speed Rail Project , 15...

Williams Mullen: Zoning Contingencies in Real Estate Contracts

BY: T. PRESTON LLOYD, JR. In the wake of the recession, the marketplace is still in the process of clearing properties that were zoned with an expectation of a development that never came. As the economic environment for real estate transactions improves, the land use entitlements associated with...

New Pennsylvania Permit Extension Act Extends Life of Permits to 2016

by the Zoning and Land Use Group Pennsylvania has enacted an important amendment to the Permit Extension Act that will extend the life of certain zoning and land-use permits and approvals to July 2016. Embedded in a finance bill (S.B. 1263, Act 87), the law was enacted by the Pennsylvania legislature...

State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: NY, NJ Take Different Paths To Sandy Recovery

NY, NJ TAKE DIFFERENT PATHS TO SANDY RECOVERY: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) are taking vastly different approaches to residents seeking to rebuild their coastal homes destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. Christie wants them to stay and to rebuild and is willing to pay...

Vetstein Law Group: Massachusetts Smart Growth Zoning Reform Bill On The Fast Track To Passage?

By Richard D. Vetstein, ESQ 58 Legislators Pushing Comprehensive Zoning Reform Bill - "Inclusionary Zoning" Provision May Expand Controversial 40B Law With "Smart Growth" advocates strongly behind them, a cadre of Beacon Hill lawmakers are pushing a controversial bill that for...

A Tree Growing Over a Property Line Belongs to Both Neighbors, According to Our Neighbors Up North

A court in Toronto, citing the Ontario Forestry Act, has ruled that a large tree that extended over the boundary between two parcels is not the sole property of the owner where the tree has its roots. This ruling prevents one owner from arbitrarily and unilaterally removing a tree that straddles a property...

Ballard Spahr Legal Alert: Supreme Court Ruling May Lead to More Landowner Challenges of Land Use Regulations, Fees

By the Ballard Spahr LLP Zoning and Land Use Team The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued a ruling in a long-running land use case holding that “extortionate demands” by the local government entity constituted illegal interference with a property owner/developer’s right to just...

Babst Calland: Allegheny County Council Rejects Proposal To Ban Drilling In County Parks

By Matthew L. Lambach The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Allegheny County Council rejected a proposed three-year moratorium on natural gas drilling within county parks. The measure failed 2-9, with four council members abstaining because of conflicts of interest. The bill was originally proposed...

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Decides Act 13 Zoning Case

By Lawrence H. Baumiller The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that several critical provisions of Act 13, the General Assembly’s 2012 comprehensive update to the former Oil and Gas Act, are unconstitutional. In addition to invalidating a key section of Act 13 placing limits on the...

New York Lawyer Wins Green Nobel Prize

By Meredith James and Dianne Saxe. Helen Slottje, a lawyer in Ithaca, New York, was recently awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for her work “helping towns across New York defend themselves from oil and gas companies by passing local bans on fracking” (the US equivalent of anti-fracking...

New York’s Highest Court Hears Oral Arguments on Local Zoning Bans

By Michael C. Murphy . On June 3rd, the New York Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in two cases challenging the authority of a municipality to ban certain oil and gas activities within its jurisdiction. The Court is reviewing two lower court decisions , Dryden, [ enhanced version available...

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Invalidates Additional Provisions of Act 13

Last month, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court issued an opinion, [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], invalidating additional sections of Act 13 of 2012, Pennsylvania’s comprehensive overhaul of the former Oil and Gas Act. The cumulative effect of this ruling, combined with...

Babst Calland: New York High Court Asked to Re-hear Arguments in Case Banning Oil and Gas Activities

By Michael C. Murphy Citing a recently decided case in Colorado, the bankruptcy trustee for Norse Energy filed a motion in early August urging the New York Court of Appeals to re-hear arguments in the case. In June, the Court of Appeals issued an opinion which affirmed local zoning laws adopted by...

Babst Calland: Pa. Zoning Hearing Board Erred When It Denied Application for Natural Gas Compressor Station

By Alana E. Fortna On September 26, 2014, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania issued an opinion in favor of MarkWest Liberty Midstream & Resources, LLC [ enhanced opinion available to lexis.com subscribers ]. MarkWest had purchased a 71.5 acre parcel of undeveloped land in Cecil Township, Pennsylvania...