• 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.

  • 02.09.17

    Nationwide Permits Reauthorized; Already-Issued Permits to Expire March 2017

    Under Section 404 of the federal Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. § 1344), a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) is required for activities involving the discharge of dredged or fill material into waters of the United States.

  • 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).

  • 10.26.16

    Negotiating a Solar Deal

    Point Energy Innovations recently published a white paper titled “Profiting from the Sun: How Building Developers Can Unlock the Country’s Largest Potential for Renewable Energy—Quickly and Profitably,” which discusses the nation’s need for sustainable energy and ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...