• 01.26.17

    Supreme Court Holds City Bound by Publicly Available General Plan

    The California Supreme Court unanimously set aside the City of Orange City Council’s finding of a project’s consistency with the City General Plan based on a 1973 City resolution that was not incorporated into the publicly available version of the General Plan.

  • 11.15.16

    California Modifies Commercial Lease Disclosures for Disability Access Laws

    Manatt previously published a news alert on July 1, 2013, regarding California's update to Civil Code Section 1938, which required all commercial property leases to disclose whether or not commercial premises have undergone an inspection by a Certified Access Specialist (CASp), and if so, ...

  • 11.14.16

    Subsequent Mitigated Negative Declaration Reviewed Under Substantial Evidence Test

    The California Court of Appeal applied the substantial evidence standard of review and not the fair argument standard in affirming a County's decision to prepare a subsequent mitigated negative declaration (SMND) for a development project in Sonoma County (County).

  • 09.28.16

    Incumbency Bodes Well for the Real Estate Market

    The presidential election season can be a difficult time for the commercial real estate market. Uncertainty about the future financial and regulatory climate often leaves investors, developers and owners waiting on the sidelines for the outcome of the election.

  • 09.21.16

    California Supreme Court Rejects “New Project” Argument

    As land developers and investors know all too well, so-called “fully-entitled” projects in California can command massive premiums. Their high prices reflect both their scarcity and the value placed on avoiding a costly re-entitlement process. But what if the buyer of such a project was ...

  • 09.01.16

    Supreme Court Clarifies Valuation Rules on Potential for Future Exactions

    The California Supreme Court reexamined the rules for determining the valuation of property taken by eminent domain but subject to potential future dedication exactions.

  • 08.25.16

    Proactive Predevelopment for Successful P3s

    Municipalities can do much to lay the groundwork for successful public-private partnerships in their communities.

  • 08.16.16

    Court of Appeal Holds EIR Inadequately Analyzed Energy Impacts

    The California Court of Appeal reiterated the holding in California Clean Energy Committee v. City of Woodland (2014) 225 Cal.App.4th 173 (CCEC) regarding energy impacts analysis under CEQA for a large commercial development and addressed the attempted use of an addendum to repair a certified ...

  • 07.18.16

    Brexit Will Cause Deal Flow Reduction

    Britain's historic vote to exit the European Union has sent shock waves throughout the global economy and will certainly have economic and political repercussions for years.

  • 06.08.16

    Why You Should Continue to Pay Attention to PACE

    With commercial property owners and tenants still seeking sustainable building designs that incorporate energy efficiency or green building features, Property Accessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing will continue to rightfully receive more attention.