PRESERVATION PITTSBURGH v. CONTURO

US District Court, W.D. Penn., No. 2:11cv889, Sept. 9, 2011: Allows redevelopment demolition of building eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historical Places to proceed by dismissing claims under National Historic Preservation Act, Department of Transportation Act and National Environmental Policy Act because Court found no evidence of federal action.

At issue is the proposed [...]

Miller v. City of Annapolis Historic Preservation Commission

Court of Special Appeals of Maryland, No. 219, September 6, 2011: Upholds a Maryland historic district commission’s decision that reconstruction to match an original porch, removed many years before from a home in a historic district, was rehabilitation, not new construction, and therefore commission could require use of wood rather than fiberglass columns.

The Millers sought approval [...]

PESKY v. US (Pesky I)

Dist. Court, D. Idaho, CIV. 1:10-186 WBS, August 29, 2011: Orders production of landowner’s attorneys’ documents related to appraisal of conservation easement value, in suit by landowner against US.

The Peskys donated a conservation easement to The Nature Conservancy in 2002. The IRS refused their claim for a qualified conservation contribution tax deduction and assessed a deficiency. [...]