• 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? 

  • 06.29.17

    California Supreme Court Restricts Implied Dedication Rule

    Many large private landowners record notices under the provisions of the Civil Code in order to ensure that public use of their property does not morph into an implied dedication of their land to the public.

  • 06.28.17

    Murr Decision Makes Takings Law Murkier

    The Supreme Court missed an opportunity to bring some clarity to the law of regulatory takings and, instead, made the law more confusing and less protective of the rights of property owners.

  • 05.10.17

    Public/Private Partnerships

    Manatt real estate partner Clayton B. Gantz and Stephen B. Friedman, president of SB Friedman Development Advisors, co-authored an article titled “Public/Private Partnerships,” which appeared in the March/April issue of LandWrites.