Archive for January, 2010

Is the “Reasonable Person” Dead in Virginia?

Well, it’s over. The “reasonable person” is dead. Or is it? The U.S. Supreme Court denied the request for a writ of certiorari by the City of Virginia Beach to review the Virginia Supreme Court’s decision overturning the City’s noise ordinance in Tanner v. City of Virginia Beach, 277 Va. 432, 674 S.E.2d 848 (2009). […]


Immigration Issues for Local Governments

This informative piece was authored by Oliver Branch, an immigration attorney who works from our Research Triangle Park office in North Carolina. He also blogs at NC Law Life. ____________________________ There are three areas of immigration law where local governments are likely to need help or run into trouble: (1) sponsoring nonimmigrant visas, (2) sponsoring […]


Help with Transfer of Development Rights has Arrived!

Transfers of Development Rights (TDRs) have long been seen by Virginia localities as a tool for good planning and to achieve the local future land use plan. But for a long time, Virginia localities had no authority to permit TDRs. See Opinion to the Honorable Robert T. Andrews, 1985-86 Va. A.G. op. 112 (Loudoun County […]