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.
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...
California attorney, Alene M. Taber, provides insight into agency use of indirect source rules to improve air quality as required by the Clean Air Act. Land development is considered by regulators to be an ‘indirect source’ of air pollution...
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...
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....
Intended to reduce blight, Pennsylvania House Bill 1322 would significantly cut the number of years required to establish ownership by adverse possession for real property. Applicable in cases involving an occupied single family dwelling on a lot of one...
John D. Echeverria and Thekla Hansen-Young of t he Georgetown Environmental Law and Policy Institute have released an analysis of two state takings “compensation” measures. These are laws championed by property rights advocates that force...
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...
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...
Professor Steven Eagle comment on the California Supreme Court decision in Fashion Valley Mall, LLC v. National Labor Relations Board , 42 Cal. 4th 850, a case that illustrates the clash between private property rights and free expression. The Court ruled...
While federal lawmakers continue to debate climate change policy, states, local governments, and court cases have moved forward. In this Emerging Issues Commentary, Michael G. Lufkin of the Marten Law Group reviews the most important recent regional,...
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...
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...
Global Positioning Systems are facilitating the mapping of trails that were once rails and the Rails to Trails Conservancy is asking for volunteers to use GPS systems to help them create a national online map of trails ( http://www.traillink.com/gps.aspx...
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...