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|2012 Legislative Summary|
April 16, 2012, previously published on April 12, 2012The Florida Legislature passed two growth management bills, three environmental bills and an Administrative Procedure Act (APA) bill during its regular session that ended March 9, 2012.
|Pipelines: Zoning Provisions of Act 13 Put On Hold in Pennsylvania|
Sean O'Neill, Elizabeth Utz Witmer; Saul Ewing LLP;
April 13, 2012, previously published on April 2012Yesterday, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania issued an order enjoining sections of the new Oil and Gas Act ("Act 13") from taking effect as scheduled. The provisions of the Act that were enjoined preempted local zoning ordinances that regulate oil and gas operations and required...
Matthew Ranelli; Shipman & Goodwin LLP;
March 21, 2012, previously published on March 16, 2012The proposed bill deadline has passed and the deadlines to vote to draft committee bills are fast approaching. Thus, while there will be some new committee bills to add to Table 1 below in the coming weeks, the overall number of bills that are still alive will decrease significantly by the end of...
|Proposed Changes to the Georgia Land Conservation Tax Credit Act (O.C.G.A. § 48-7-29.12)|
Enrique R. Anderson, James B. Jordan; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
March 21, 2012, previously published on March 20, 2012In April 2006, the state of Georgia passed the Georgia Land Conservation Tax Credit Act, creating a new state income tax credit (not deduction) for land conservation. The purpose of the law was to provide a financial incentive for landowners willing to donate conservation easements or fee interests...
|Florida Businesses and Industries to Benefit From 2012 Energy Policy, Environmental & Growth Management Legislation|
Reggie L. Bouthillier, Kenneth B. Metcalf, Maribel N. Nicholson-Choice, Todd Sumner; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
March 20, 2012, previously published on March 15, 2012The 2012 Florida Legislative Session focused on the redistricting process and passage of the State budget. Despite these challenging priorities, the Legislature passed several bills addressing energy policy, environmental regulation and growth management which are intended to benefit businesses and...
|City Zoning Ordinance Prohibiting Conversion Of Senior Mobilehome Parks To All-Age Parks Does Not Violate Federal Housing Discrimination Laws|
Jon E. Goetz, Jeffrey L. Massey; Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard A Law Corporation;
March 19, 2012, previously published on March 13, 2012The Ninth Circuit Federal Appeals Court recently rejected a challenge by four mobilehome park owners to a city ordinance that prohibits mobilehome parks that currently operate as senior housing from converting to all-age housing. (Putnam Family Partnership v. City of Yucaipa, California (--- F.3d...
|EPA Update: 2012 Construction Stormwater General Permit Requires Filings in Massachusetts and Washington, DC, by May 15, 2012|
Marilyn L. Sticklor, Megan Watts; Goulston & Storrs A Professional Corporation;
March 19, 2012, previously published on March 2012The EPA has issued its 2012 Construction General Permit, an updated general permit that authorizes stormwater discharges from construction activities under the program commonly known as NPDES (National Pollution Discharge Elimination System). The 2012 Construction General Permit became effective...
|Construction of Enormous House on Hillside is “Unusual Circumstances” Not Entitled to Infill Exemption from CEQA|
Jon E. Goetz, Jeffrey L. Massey, Daniel J. O'Hanlon; Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard A Law Corporation;
March 15, 2012, previously published on March 13, 2012A Court of Appeal recently held that a city erred in finding a categorical exemption under the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) for a project involving the construction of a 9,872 square foot single-family dwelling on a lot with alleged geotechnical issues. (Berkeley...
|For Want of a Table, a Bar was Lost: The Noise Over ADA Pool Lifts is a Distraction from Other More Time-Sensitive Issues|
Robert S. Fine; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
March 14, 2012, previously published on March 9, 2012The American Disabilities Act (ADA) standards from 1991, commonly referred to as the ADAAG (ADA Accessibility Guidelines), will officially expire on March 15, 2012, and be replaced by the 2010 ADA standards. The ADA regulations provide that elements of places of public accommodation that had...
|Indonesia’s New Land Procurement Law|
Makarim Taira S.;
March 13, 2012The Government issued Law No. 2 of 2012 on Land Procurement for The Public Interest (“Law”) on 14 January 2012. The Law does not revoke Presidential Regulation No. 36 of 2005 (as amended). Accordingly, the former Presidential Regulation remains valid as long as they do not contradict...