DC Updates: Land Real Estate News

DC Updates are your source for the latest legislative news in the land real estate industry. These updates are to keep land professionals informed about the issues that matter most to them and impact their business.

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Qualified Opportunity Zones

As part of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the Qualified Opportunity Zones (“QOZ”) program was enacted to encourage economic growth in under-served communities through tax incentives for investors. The program presents opportunities for real estate investment and development in those communities. RLI Member and land expert Matt Davis stated in his article Where are the […]

Environmental Protection Agency and Army propose a new definition of the WOTUS

  On December 11, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army proposed a new definition of the Waters of the United States rule (WOTUS). This proposal is the final step in the process to review and revise the controversial rule following President Trump’s 2017 “Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth […]

Land and Congress: Just The Facts

It seems like the more news there is, the harder it is to find out the facts. Important news about land legislative issues, such as tariffs and WOTUS, can get lost in a sea of opinion pieces. Let’s take a look at the simple facts surrounding five of the most pressing issues in the land […]

Supreme Court Limits Reach Of Endangered Species Act

In an 8-0 ruling, the Supreme Court ruled to limit the broad habitat protections of the Endangered Species Act. A key debating point was how the law could impact the dusky gopher frog, an endangered species in Louisiana. Environmental groups argued that protecting land that could be used as a habitat for the frogs could […]

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WOTUS Rule Sees Revival in Twenty-six States

The controversial Waters of the US (WOTUS) Rule is being re-implemented in 26 states after a federal judge’s ruling that the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers improperly suspended it. “U.S. District Judge David Norton in South Carolina agreed with environmental groups that the agencies failed to follow the public-comment requirements of the Administrative Procedures […]