Development Archives

Pew Study Finds “Councilmanic Prerogative” As Strong As Ever In Philly

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Development on Nov 7, 2015.

It has long been the custom in Philadelphia that individual City Council members have the final say on land development and zoning issues within the bounds of the districts they represent. Even projects that are good for the City as a whole and supported by a majority of City Council members can be stopped by a single member of council when this unwritten rule is invoked.

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Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Stays Water of the U.S. Rule Nationwide

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Development on Oct 29, 2015.

The United States’ Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, Ohio, has placed a nationwide stay on the Obama Administration’s Waters of the United States rule. The final rule went into effect in August of this year and was being put into effect before the appeals court stayed its implementation. According the Court, the stay was put in place to temporarily clear up the confusion being created by both the implementation of the law and the legal challenges to it.

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Bad Faith Land Taking: New Jersey Superior Court Judge Slams New Jersey’s Readington Township and Awards Attorney and Expert’s Fees to Landowner

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Development on May 8, 2015.

Hunterdon County Superior Court Judge Paul Armstrong has invalidated Readington Township’s taking of the property that is Solberg-Hunterdon Airport and ordered the Township to pay attorney and expert fees, citing “manifest abuse of the power of eminent domain.”

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