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June 14, 2021 Announcement
Farella Braun + Martel Ranked in Legal 500 United States 2021
The 2021 edition of Legal 500 U nited States recognized Farella Braun + Martel among the leading firms in the Cannabis, Construction, Not-for-Profit, and Land Use/Zoning sections. Land use partner Steven Vettel was named to the Land Use/Zoning section’s Hall...
June 11, 2020 Announcement
Farella Braun + Martel Ranked in Legal 500 United States 2020
The 2020 edition of Legal 500 United States recognized Farella Braun + Martel among the leading firms in the Construction, Land Use/Zoning, and Not-for-Profit practice areas. Land use partner Steven Vettel was named to the Land Use/Zoning section’s Hall...
May 6, 2015 Announcement
Farella Expands Thriving Real Estate Practice
SAN FRANCISCO, May 6, 2015: Farella Braun + Martel LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Charles J. “CJ” Higley as a partner and Daniel J. McLeod as an associate to its Real Estate & Land Use Department...

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AB 1633: The Housing Accountability Act

The Housing Accountability Act (HAA) requires local agencies to approve housing projects that meet objective zoning, general plan, subdivision, and design standards unless there is a specific, adverse impact upon public health and safety...

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Downtown San Francisco Adaptive Reuse Legislation Slated To Go Into Effect

As we alerted you on May 9 , legislation to incentivize office and commercial building conversions to housing had begun working its way through the Board of Supervisors after approval by the San Francisco...

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Housing Fee Reform Legislation

San Francisco officials have introduced a number of new policies they hope will jump start the construction of new housing in San Francisco, which has largely stalled due to high construction costs, rising interest...

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California Court Issues First Decision Addressing Builder’s Remedy; Decision on Related Lawsuit Pending

The first California court decision to issue declaratory relief to a developer under the “builder’s remedy” appears to be on the horizon. The builder’s remedy has garnered significant attention over the past two years...

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San Francisco Planning Commission Endorses Ordinances to Incentivize Adaptive Reuse in Downtown

The San Francisco Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval on May 4 of two ordinances aimed at revitalizing the City’s Downtown, South of Market Street, and Union Square districts. Vacant Office and Commercial Building Conversion...

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Office-to-Housing Conversion: State and Local Efforts to Revitalize the Downtown

Originally published in The Registry . As office vacancies soar in traditional downtown areas like San Francisco’s Financial District, state and local officials are moving quickly to adopt incentives they hope will bring people...

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San Francisco Board of Supervisors Passes Housing Fee Reform Legislation

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors took the first of two votes to approve housing fee reform legislation last week. The legislation reduces by as much as a third the affordable housing fees and...

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Affordable Housing Outlook: What Challenges Will 2024 Pose?

Real estate partner CJ Higley provided expert commentary in the Multi-Housing News article "Affordable Housing Outlook: What Challenges Will 2024 Pose?" The article is available here .

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