By Patrick D. Joyce and Craig B. Simonsen

This week at the U.N. Climate Change Summit in New York City, President Barack Obama, joined by leaders from more than 120 countries from around the globe, announced his Executive Order on Climate-Resilient International Development. 79 Fed. Reg. 58231 (September 26, 2014).

The Executive Order directs all federal agencies to factor climate
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By Andrew H. Perellis and Ilana R. Morady

Local governments routinely condition the approval of land use permits on fees and dedications. From park fees to land dedications for future public use, such conditions are commonplace. Now, the U.S. Supreme Court will have local governments thinking twice before imposing conditions like these on land developers.


In Koontz v. St.
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By Jeryl L. Olson, Philip L. Comella, and Craig B. Simonsen

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed that construction companies use best management practices in lieu of measuring numeric turbidity limits to address stormwater runoff and to prevent erosion at construction sites. The significance of this proposed change is that it replaces testing requirements with management practices.

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