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HTMLToo Small to Notice: Are Tiny Houses Subject to Municipal Zoning Ordinances in Michigan?
Laura J. Genovich; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 12, 2015, previously published on August 7, 2015
The tiny house movement has been steadily gaining momentum in America and Michigan over the past few years because of the potential benefits that tiny homes can offer. Tiny houses are typically less than 400 square feet and can either be built onto a foundation or built on wheels. Because of their...

 

HTMLTermination of Superblock Land Development Agreement Approved By the Court of Special Appeals
Edward J. Levin; Gordon Feinblatt LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
August 4, 2015, previously published on July 2015
In the event that by June 30, 2013, (a) Settlement does not occur, or (b) the conditions to Settlement have not been satisfied, and in either of the above circumstances, this Agreement shall, without further action by either party, terminate with no liability or obligation on either party.

 

HTMLDoctrine of Comparative Hardship Enables Homeowner Who Violated Covenants to Avoid Injunction
Edward J. Levin; Gordon Feinblatt LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
August 4, 2015, previously published on July 2015
Injunctions are equitable remedies. Therefore, they are subject to equitable defenses, such as laches and the doctrine of comparative hardship. It also means that “the grant or denial of a request for injunctive relief rests within the sound discretion of the circuit court and therefore,...

 

HTMLDecision Stayed Again on Oregon LNG Projects' Consistency with the State Coastal Management Program
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 14, 2015, previously published on July 13, 2015
The Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (OLCD) has entered into an agreement with Oregon LNG to extend for an additional 90 days the deadline by which OLCD must review Oregon LNG’s certification that its proposed bidirectional LNG terminal project in Warrenton, Ore. is...

 

HTMLOregon Land Use Board of Appeals Affirms County Denial of Permit for Oregon LNG Feeder Pipeline
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 1, 2015, previously published on April 30, 2015
The Oregonian reports that Oregon’s Land Use Board of Appeals has upheld Clatsop County’s decision to deny a land use permit for a proposed pipeline that would serve Oregon LNG’s proposed bidirectional LNG terminal at Warrenton, Ore. Peter Hansen, chief executive of Oregon LNG,...

 

HTMLSolar Energy: A “Hot” Topic at the Local Level
Leslie A. Dickinson, Laura J. Genovich; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
April 21, 2015, previously published on March 30, 2015
By the end of 2015, it is estimated that approximately 10 percent of Michigan’s power will come from renewable sources. Solar power, in particular, has been growing in Michigan in recent years due to new technological improvements, decreasing costs of installation and equipment, and a variety...

 

HTMLBefore You Acquire or Lease That Property, Do You Need a Special Exception or Special Use Permit?
Jonathan D. Puvak; Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 16, 2015, previously published on March 1, 2015
As a potential buyer or tenant of real estate, there a number of items that are readily apparent and discernible when you visit a new piece of property or an existing building, such as the location, curb appeal, or price, but the need for a special exception is often overlooked until much later in...

 

HTMLNew Jersey Supreme Court Decision Expands Redevelopment Opportunities
Robert Beckelman, Robert S. Goldsmith; Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 8, 2015, previously published on April 15, 2015
In 2009, our partners Robert S. Goldsmith and Robert Beckelman wrote an article for the Rutgers Law Record entitled “What Will Happen to Redevelopment in New Jersey When the Economy Recovers?” The piece raised concerns, shared by many, over the New Jersey Supreme Court’s 2007...

 

Adobe PDFBuyer Beware: City of San Diego Requires a Second Historic Review of Fully Entitled Projects
Evelyn F. Heidelberg; Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 31, 2015, previously published on January 2015
So you’re under contract to purchase a property with a tentative map and other entitlements issued by the City of San Diego in the mid-2000s, the life of which has been extended by state law and City ordinances enacted during the Great Recession. A structure on the property is more than 45...

 

HTMLImportant Alert for Commercial Owners/Landlords and Brokers/Agents: Changes to California Dual Agency Disclosure Laws Effective January 1, 2015
Lydia Lake, Pamela L. Westhoff; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 30, 2015, previously published on March 2, 2015
Effective January 1, 2015, California law requires real estate brokers and agents to provide their clients and prospective clients with specific new disclosures, including (1) an initial disclosure form regarding the nature of agency relationships, which is typically provided at the time a listing...

 


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