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Don’t be left high & dry — consider water supplies before buying property

This article written by Amy Steinfeld and Bradley Herrema was originally published on June 20, 2018 by the First Tuesday Journal. It’s not uncommon for a water lawyer to receive a panicked call from a new property owner after discovering they have insufficient water to support their proposed use of the property… Read the Full Text … Continue Reading »

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What’s All the Ruckus About ADUs?

Author: Amy Steinfeld Author: Wendy Nwosu This article was originally published in the November 2017 issue of Santa Barbara Lawyer, a publication of the Santa Barbara County Bar Association. Many Californians are wondering whether their neighbor’s new tiny home will house grandma or become a new rental. Advocates of accessory dwelling units (“ADU”) claim they’ll provide … Continue Reading »

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Serving Development During Drought: Creative & Sustainable Solutions

Author: Amy Steinfeld Author: Jessica Diaz This article was originally published in the August 2017 issue of Santa Barbara Lawyer, a publication of the Santa Barbara County Bar Association. For much of the past five years, drought and development were on a collision course. Just as the weather began to dry up in 2011, the housing … Continue Reading »

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Waters of the United States Are Not What You’d Expect

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers’ new rule defining “waters of the United States” covered by the Clean Water Act (“CWA”) provides a good example of what can happen when a simple term gets manipulated over time by regulatory agencies and the courts. For some context, the CWA applies only to … Continue Reading »

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A New Tool for Developing and Financing Public and Private Infrastructure: Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts

Even as the state’s economy continues to improve, local governments continue to struggle to find ways to meet the state’s backlog of infrastructure needs, including water, transportation, energy, affordable housing and more. Inadequate state funding and the demise of federal funding and state redevelopment funding have exacerbated the situation. At the same time, as a … Continue Reading »

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