For those practicing in the land use field, there is always a concern about how decisions get made and, in particular, what communication occurs behind closed doors. The Oregon Public Meetings Law is clear that all decisions must be made in a public meeting, but public officials may sometimes meet in groups of less than a quorum to discuss their perspectives. The Court of Appeals issued a decision last month that will require local governments to reconsider such conversations.
We regularly update clients about changes in real estate law and on industry trends. This includes briefing clients on legislative proposals in the federal tax, housing and other legal areas affecting their businesses. Staying current enables you to anticipate and prevent legal problems as well as capitalize on new developments.