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Permitting Paralysis: Land Use Approvals In The Houston Area

BY OMAR IZFAR
ATTORNEY

Although Texas, and in particular, Houston, celebrates a reputation as an entrepreneur’s dreamland, we have a consistently increasing body of land use and development regulation.  Densification brings growing pains in the form of land use conflicts and, in many cases results in more regulation, both public and private. Development in metro Houston is regulated by more sophisticated land use controls than many realize. The persistent rumor that the City of Houston’s lack of formal zoning codes results in a lax regulatory environment inside the City and around the metro Houston area creates false expectations for developers.  Developers neglecting to do their homework experience problems in the form of delay, cost and unexpected limitations on their projects.

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Texas Central’s High Speed Rail – an Idea or a Reality?

BY ANNA DEMMLER

Texas Central Partners (Texas Central), a private company in Texas, hopes to start construction for a high-speed rail connecting Dallas to Houston in 2018, and hopes to have the rail running by 2023. REDNews talked to Drayton McLane Jr., a Houston business leader, and both an investor and Board Member for Texas Central.

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Eminent Debate: The discussion over eminent domain in Texas

BY BRANDI SMITH
info@rednews.com

As this issue of REDNews went toprint, a discussion was beginningin Washington, D.C., that may have an impact on thousands of acres of privately held Texas property. The Surface Transportation Board, which oversees freight and passenger railways , is considering whether it has jurisdiction over Texas Central, a first-of-its-kind, highspeed rail line proposed from Dallas
to Houston.

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Adopting affordability: How the City of Dallas and ULI worked toward a solution

BY BRANDI SMITH

The population in North Texas is booming right now, which is not news to REDNews readers. Many of you have watched as an average of more than 2,700 people poured into Dallas-Fort Worth each week. Between July 1, 2014 and July 1, 2015, the Metroplex grew by 144,704 people, according to estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, beaten nationwide only by Houston’s growth of 159,083.

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Dismantling Dodd-Frank: Trump takes aim at financial services regulation

BY BRANDI SMITH

In the weeks since Donald Trump was elected the 45th president, we have started to learn more about the policies he plans to enact and, in some cases, reverse. It appears one piece of legislation falling into the latter category is the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

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