Office space caps Despite a sluggish U.S. economy, growth in Silicon Valley continues on a torrid pace. Yet a dark cloud of uncertainty looms on the horizon—the potential effects of hastily-adopted land use restrictions curbing the ability of high-tech firms and other developing businesses to plan for expansion. A current shortage of office space, exacerbated by office space … [Read more...] about Office space caps: Could Silicon Valley kill the goose that lays the golden eggs?
Residential solar electric leases—low-budget option, or costly surprise?
Solar electric leases are becoming increasingly popular with California homeowners. From 2010-2013, residential solar electric production in California nearly tripled, from around 20 megawatts to almost 60 megawatts. At the same time, the percentage of electricity generated under solar leases (residential solar electric systems leased from solar electric lease firms, not owned … [Read more...] about Residential solar electric leases—low-budget option, or costly surprise?
U.S. Supreme Court holds that permit conditions may be challenged
The court ruled that permit conditions could be challenged as unconstitutional even at the time the government denies a permit. A recent U.S. Supreme Court opinion will have a big impact on those applying for land use permits. The decision in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management Dist., 570 U.S. __ (2013) represents a useful new tool for land owners to challenge permit … [Read more...] about U.S. Supreme Court holds that permit conditions may be challenged