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Following years of efforts, the American Land Title Association and the National Society of Professional Surveyors adopted a new 2021 version of the ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey Minimum Standards. The new standards became effective on February 23, 2021 and, because just about every commercial real estate transaction requires an ALTA survey, this is really important!
ALTA surveys play a critical role in real estate transactions, and most lenders and title insurers actually require them, especially for commercial, industrial, and larger residential properties. At their core, surveys are a tool that help identify potential issues that may affect the value or future use of a particular piece of property.
COVID-19: What Now? Update On Safety Protocols, American Rescue Plan Act, Paid Leave, Vaccinations & More
As the world slowly returns to “normal” employers still are subject to a number of requirements and recommendations to address COVID-19. On March 24, 2021, by Executive Order 2021-06, Governor Ducey lifted mandatory restrictions or requirements that had previously been in place to prevent COVID-19 exposures, leaving companies to exercise their discretion in how best to comply with mandates to provide a safe workplace.
What precautions should employers keep in place? Does it matter if employees are vaccinated?
G&B warmly welcomes our four Summer Associates to our office who will be with us from May through July!
Kyle Stenseth, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Class of 2022
Kyle is from Tempe, Arizona and is looking forward to coming back to our great state for the summer. He is most excited to learn about general Business Law and Administrative Law. Kyle has backpacked across 22 countries and loves to try new foods!
Elissa Crowder, Pepperdine University School of Law, Class of 2022
Hailing from Marion, Ohio, Elissa is looking forward to gaining practical experience in Estate Planning.
The development industry is on a hot streak, and with that Arizona cities are implementing changes to keep pace. G&B’s Land Use and Zoning group has compiled noteworthy news from across the Valley, including an update on the Scottsdale General Plan, an overview of a Landscape Maintenance text amendment in Phoenix, and information about key planning and development staffing changes.
Update: Scottsdale General Plan – City Council Deletes Proposed Desert Rural Land Use Designation
At its April 20th Work Study Session, the Scottsdale City Council directed City Staff to delete the proposed Desert Rural Land Use Designation from the City’s pending General Plan Update.
Case Spotlight: The Supreme Court of Arizona Upholds Tucson’s Ability to Schedule Its Own Elections in State of Arizona v. City of Tucson
State of Arizona v. City of Tucson, CV-20-0244, is yet another battle in the never-ending effort to balance power between the state and localities. Here, the question is, who has the authority to set the time for local elections when the city and the state conflict? Based on the Arizona constitutional concept called the “home rule charter” provision and the reasons discussed below, the Arizona Supreme Court held in favor of the City of Tucson allowing it to conduct local elections as it saw fit.
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