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  • Undesirable Land Use: Growing Weeds Is Not A First Amendment 'Expressive Act'

    Thursday, November 19, 2015

    Facts: Discount Inn, Inc. (Discount Inn), a company that owns some empty lots in the City of Chicago, violated two City ordinances: a weed ordinance and a fence ordinance. The weed ordinance requires property owners to keep all of the "weeds" on their properties to an average height of ten inches or less. Violating the weed ordinance results in

  • Zoning: Landowner Must Pay $344K Permit Fine Under Retroactive Statute

    Thursday, November 19, 2015

    Facts: Shortly after Edward C. Furlong, III began renovating his property in the Town of Bartlett, New Hampshire, the Town sent him a cease and desist notice. The notice informed Furlong that, because his renovations violated the Town’s zoning ordinance, he needed to procure a building permit. Furlong did not appeal the decision and instead

  • Takings: Takings Claim Unripe Where Lessee Failed To Test Govt.'s Discretion

    Thursday, November 19, 2015

    Facts: Wyoming is a mineral-rich state that contains oil and gas reserves as well as trona reserves. (Trona is a "sodium carbonate compound that is processed into soda ash or baking soda.)" Drilling for oil and gas poses safety risks for trona miners. Thus, in an area of federal public land known as the "mechanically mineable trona area" (MMTA), a conflict developed between the

  • Zoning / Preemption: School Construction Project Required A Building Permit

    Thursday, November 19, 2015

    Facts: Community High School District No. 155 (the District) in the City of Crystal Lake, Illinois replaced the bleachers in a high school football stadium, increasing the bleachers’ height and moving the bleachers closer to the residential properties that border the school’s property. Under the City’s zoning and land use ordinances

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