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Brownfields Redevelopment

Environmental Impact Assessment – What is it?

Environmental Impact Assessment – What is it?

To analyze whether a particular activity or project may detrimentally affect the natural resources around it, an Environmental Impact Assessment is necessary. Review of environmental consequences are another way to describe this process. An assessment is completed prior to a decision about whether to proceed with a project or activity. Environmental Impact Assessments, more often known as Environmental Assessments, do…

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Commercial Land Use and Redevelopment

Commercial Land Use and Redevelopment

Within every municipality exists a zoning regime that governs residential, industrial, and commercial land use and redevelopment. Climate change is playing a major role with respect to land use. Over the past few decades, storms and rising ocean levels have impacted our state’s shorelines, sometimes unearthing contamination. Liability may arise in any of these contexts, and commercial land use is…

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The Benefits of Land Use Planning

The Benefits of Land Use Planning

Land use planning refers to the practice whereby land owners, developers, municipalities, environmental attorneys, and other professionals collectively work to approve a land-based project in accordance with principles and engineering that promotes an appropriate social and environmental effect, while also employing resources efficiently. The benefits of land use planning are myriad: environmental protection, avoidance of urban sprawl, departure from impacts…

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The Rhode Island Business Environment and Law Update – Brownfields Grants 2019

The Rhode Island Business Environment and Law Update – Brownfields Grants 2019

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM), which regulates the state’s business environment and law, announced recently that it is preparing the next round of Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Brownfields Grants through the Brownfields Remediation and Economic Development Fund.  Through the business environment and law, RIDEM also announced that it expects to offer approximately 2.5 million dollars…

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How an Attorney can Help You with Building and Town Planning

How an Attorney can Help You with Building and Town Planning

Building and town planning is a phrase used generally to reference approvals for land use planning – municipal initiatives undertaken to regulate the use of land in an effort to avoid land use conflicts. Building and town planning uses a strategic vision to carefully manage resources to match future needs and expectations.There is customarily an element of natural resources protection,…

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