This 2016 edition is a new and comprehensive volume that focuses on federal constitutional and statutory limitations on local land use law. It is an in-depth examination and analysis of the complexities of this evolving practice area. Included are sections on the Takings Clause, First Amendment limitations, federal environmental laws and litigation strategies and remedial issues, as well as case studies and a review of Supreme Court and lower court decisions that consider the constitutionality of land use regulation. Co-Author: Brian W. Blaesser, CRE.
Practice Focus: Real estate, land use and environmental law, condemnation law, and litigation.
A Closer Look
Brian Blaesser heads the real estate development practice in the firm’s Boston office. He has experience in single family and multifamily developments, assisted living facilities, retail, mixed-use, retail food and wholesale warehouse distribution, cinemas, and projects involving a wide range of environmental transactional and regulatory permitting matters. He is partner in charge of the firm’s national consulting work for the National Association of Realtors®(NAR). His team has prepared over 1000 analyses for NAR of state and local land use plans and regulations in the United States and the U.S Virgin Islands. He also prepares and testifies on Realtor®-sponsored state legislation on issues such as private transfer fees, homeowner associations, real estate transfer tax and lot mergers. He also prepares in-depth white papers on key real estate topics ranging from use/abuse of eminent domain to tax increment financing and short-term rental housing restrictions. Mr. Blaesser has extensive experience in state and federal courts in real estate and land use litigation, He is the co-author of the book, Federal Land Use Law & Litigation (Thomson-Reuters: 2016) and author of the book, Discretionary Land Use Controls: Avoiding Invitations to Abuse of Discretion (Thomson-Reuters: 19th ed. 2016), He is a co-editor and an author of the book, Redevelopment: Planning, Law and Project Implementation (ABA Publishing: 2008). Mr. Blaesser has served as a Lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, with an appointment at the Kennedy School of Government, where he has taught courses on planning and environmental law, and public/private partnerships.