• 12.02.19

    California’s ‘Housing Crisis Act of 2019’

    SB 330, signed into law on October 9, 2019, and effective January 1, 2020, substantially limits the ability of municipalities to disapprove housing projects, condition housing projects to reduce density, or levy excessive standards on housing projects that raise costs and extend the permitting ...

  • 06.24.19

    Supreme Court Shortens the Path for Takings Cases

    In a case resolving a complex procedural question about the ability of property owners to have access to federal courts for their disputes with local government agencies, the Supreme Court overruled a 34-year-old precedent and held that property owners—like all other Americans—are ...

  • 09.24.18

    CEQA Reform—Relief on Aesthetics? ‘I just don’t see it’

    Just as the Court of Appeal inked and agreed to publish what many fear is a new and potentially sweeping avenue to challenge and invalidate negative declarations under the guise of “aesthetic” impacts under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

  • 07.24.18

    Will State Climate Policy Usurp Local Land Use Control?

    The consequences of climate change are broadcast regularly: wildfires, sea-level rise, drought and others.

  • 05.16.18

    New Regulations Require Disclosure of Energy Use in Certain Buildings

    On March 7, 2018, the California Energy Commission (CEC) implemented the regulations behind California Assembly Bill 802 (AB 802). AB 802 directed the CEC to create a statewide building energy use benchmarking and public disclosure program for buildings larger than 50,000 square feet.

  • 12.21.17

    New Trump Tax Plan’s Impact on Real Estate

    On Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, Congress passed a sweeping $1.5 trillion tax reform of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

  • 12.18.17

    Los Angeles Adopts Affordable Housing ‘Linkage Fee’

    The newly adopted Affordable Housing Linkage Fee will be assessed against all commercial and residential developers in order to help pay for affordable housing in the city.

  • 07.18.17

    EIR Need Not Analyze Consistency With GHG Executive Order

    The California Supreme Court upheld the San Diego Association of Governments’ (SANDAG) Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS) and concluded that CEQA does not necessarily mandate that the environmental impact report (EIR) include an analysis of consistency ...

  • 07.14.17

    Referendum Rescinding Zoning That Resolved General Plan Inconsistency Upheld

    In California, zoning must be consistent with the general plan. When a general plan amendment creates an inconsistency with the existing zoning, Government Code Section 65860(c) gives a local agency “a reasonable time” to bring the zoning into conformance with the general plan.

  • 07.07.17

    Landowner Waives Right to Challenge Permit Conditions

    Can a landowner accept the benefits of a permit while simultaneously rejecting the burdens of that very same permit?