On Tuesday, April 12, 2016, the Henrico County Board of Supervisors approved a large new residential development by HHHunt Communities. Construction should begin next year.
According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch (link to article after the jump):
HHHunt Communities plans to build 450 single-family homes, 300 town houses and 285 apartments in what it is calling River Mill. According to documents, homes are expected to start at $340,000, but houses on 80-foot-wide lots along the Chickahominy River will begin at $420,000. Town houses will range from $240,000 to $290,000, and apartments will rent for $780 to $1,500 a month.
Continue reading Virginia – River Mill, a 1,035-home Development, Coming to Henrico in 2017
Application of Fair Housing Act Standards to the Use of Criminal Records by Providers of Housing and Real Estate-Related Transactions
Last week (April 4, 2016), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued official guidance about how the discriminatory effects and disparate treatment methods of proof apply in Fair Housing Act cases in which a housing provider justifies an adverse housing action – such as a refusal to rent or renew a lease – based on an individual’s criminal history.
Continue reading Federal – HUD Issues Guidance on Use of Criminal Records by Housing Providers
D.C., et al. v. Department of Labor, et al.
On April 5, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit determined whether the Davis-Bacon Act applies to the construction of CityCenterDC. According to the Court, CityCenterDC is a large private development in the heart of Washington, D.C. It features upscale retail stores such as Hermès, Boss, and Louis Vuitton; high-end restaurants such as DBGB and Centrolina; the large private law firm of Covington & Burling; and luxury residences.
Continue reading District of Columbia – Public Participation in Private Development Venture does not trigger Davis-Bacon Act
Last week, Federal Housing Finance Agency, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae released standardized Condominium Project Questionnaire forms.
According to Freddie Mac’s website, “The new forms provide greater consistency and clarity for lenders as they work to collect information to determine eligibility for mortgages secured by units in condominium projects.”
Continue reading National – Standardized Condominium Project Questionnaires Released by FHFA, FNMA and Freddie Mac
Plate v. Board of Directors of Kidcannon Condominium Unit Owners Association
On April 5, 1993, the Fairfax County Circuit Court issued an opinion in Plate v. Board of Directors, Kincannon Place Condominium Unit Owners’ Association related to the scope of condominium association’s authority to regulate parking on common elements.
Continue reading This Day in Virginia Condo Law: Plate v. Board of Directors, Kincannon Place Condominium Unit Owners’ Association, 30 Va. Cir. 323 (Fairfax County 1993)
VIRGINIA BEACH Maybe you were there for the last beach party at the Duck-In more than a decade ago. Brian Viau was. People packed into the gazebo with the blue roof and boaters beached along the shoreline for cold beer and dazzling sunsets where the Chesapeake Bay meets Lynnhaven Inlet.
It’s easy to forget that development sites had a long history before their current use. Incorporating existing, iconic elements into the new development plan ties together generations.
“One remnant of the Duck-In will live on for the condominium residents. The gazebo, built in the late 1980s, is still standing and will be renovated.”
The Leesburg Department of Public Works and Capital Projects will hold a Public Works Open House for representatives from residential community management companies and officers of HOAs. The open house will be held in the lower level meeting rooms at Ida Lee Park Recreation Center Wednesday, April 6
On Wednesday, April 6, 2016, the Leesburg Department of Public Works and Capital Projects will host an open house for community management firms and community association volunteer leaders.
Continue reading Virginia – Leesburg Public Works Dept. to Offer Forum for Volunteer Leaders and Management Firms
HB 1146 Local permitting or licensure; consent of common interest community association prohibited
Virginia House Bill 1146 was approved by Governor McAuliffe on Monday, becoming effective July 1, 2016.
House Bill 1146 prohibits a locality from requiring consent of a condominium unit owners association or property owners’ association prior to the issuance of a permit, certificate, or license, including a building permit or a business license.
Continue reading Virginia – McAuliffe Signs Delegate Hope’s House Bill 1146