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Development Issues Outside Corporate Limits (a City Attorney's Perspective)

by Robert F. Brown
Development of land outside of city limits, however, can involve jurisdictional conflicts between cities and counties, as well as conflicts between landowners and cities on the extent to which a city may regulate in the ETJ. Practical problems can also arise when a city seeks to apply in-city urban design standards to rural environments, particularly if those standards are applied to development project that are started prior to annexation.

Political Hot Topics in the Land Use World

by Terry Welch
As attorneys, we often encounter hot land use issues at local levels of government. While those issues may include the zoning application du jour or some other topic that results in droves of constituents descending on city council chambers or a county commissioners court meeting, there are a few issues out there that recently have become the subject of intense public debate. The purpose of this paper is not to address whether a position on the hot topic is right or wrong, but to review and analyze how cities across Texas and the nation have endeavored to address, and hopefully resolve, those hot-button issues. In no particular order, I have attempted to provide a synopsis of those topics.

Partner Terry Welch recently spoke at 21st Land Use Conference

by Terry Welch
Partner Terry Welch recently spoke at 21st Land Use Conference

An Overview of Zoning in Texas by Terrence S. Welch

by Terrence S. Welch
Zoning is the regulation by a municipality of the use of land located within the municipality’s corporate limits as well as the regulation of the buildings and structures located thereon. The history, purpose, and scope of zoning in Texas are introduced in this paper as well as a description of the procedures for adopting and enforcing zoning regulations.

Recent Decisions Affecting the Workplace

by Terrence S. Welch
There have been significant decisions by the United States Supreme Court and other courts during the last several years that have rocked the workplace, resulting in discarding past notions of who is, or is not, married and how same-sex couples should be treated under the law by employers. Not surprisingly, there have been a multitude of cases that address more mundane issues, from overtime compensation under the Fair Labor Standards Act to obesity being considered a disability and the ongoing battle about what constitutes a reasonable accommodation under the ADA.

10 Questions from City Councils about Immigration

by Terrence S. Welch
Few issues in the United States are as contentious as illegal immigration. With immigration reform stalled in Congress, many state and local governments have attempted to fill the void, with results that are or may be either legally questionable or plainly unconstitutional. While immigration attorneys can assist individuals in understanding the “nuts and bolts” of immigration law, this paper will focus on the top 10 questions that city councils may ask their city attorneys about immigration law and the ability (or perhaps inability) of a city to address immigration issues.

Recent Decisions Affecting the Workplace (From Same-Sex Marriage to Overtime for Synching My Blackberry)

by Terrence S. Welch
There have been significant decisions by the United States Supreme Court and other courts during the last several years that have rocked the workplace, resulting in discarding past notions of who is, or is not, married and how same-sex couples should be treated under the law by employers. Not surprisingly, there have been a multitude of cases that address more mundane issues, from overtime compensation under the Fair Labor Standards Act to obesity being considered a disability and the ongoing battle about what constitutes a reasonable accommodation under the ADA.

Terry Welch's latest statement on fracking in Texas

by Chase Winter
Denton's residents passed by a six-to-four margin a ban on fracking within the city's limits. Within hours the Texas Oil & Gas Association and the Texas General Land Office sued the city.

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