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  • Energy: Colorado Home-Rule Cities Can't Ban Fracking

    Wednesday, June 01, 2016

    Longmont is a "home-rule municipality," meaning that it has a level of sovereignty from state laws. Under the Colorado constitution, residents of home-rule cities like Longmont can create and amend city charters to enact laws that govern local and municipal matters. Moreover, those laws will supersede any conflicting state laws. Thus, home-rule cities have "independence from state

  • Takings / Inverse Condemnation: View-Blocking Trees Can't Support Inverse Condemnation

    Wednesday, June 01, 2016

    Facts: In 1989, the City of Beverly Hills planted 31 coastal redwood trees in Roxbury Park. Redwoods are the tallest-growing species in the world, and, by 2005, those 31 trees had begun to block the views of Francis Boxer and other residents of Spalding Drive in Beverly Hills. Boxer and his neighbors were "accustomed to having an unobstructed

  • Nuisance: Poor Wall Design Or Not, Architect Wasn't Liable For A Public Nuisance

    Wednesday, June 01, 2016

    Facts: Gregg Fisk fell off a retaining wall owned by the Town of Redding, Connecticut. Fisk was injured by the fall, and he sued the firm that designed the wall, BL Companies, Inc. (BL). Fisk alleged that the wall constituted a public nuisance because it did not have protective fencing. BL moved for summary judgment, arguing that

  • Permits: Optimism About Land Use Goals Doesn't Foreclose Future Permit Changes

    Wednesday, June 01, 2016

    Facts: In 1994, the City of Burlington, Vermont obtained a permit to host events in Waterfront Park. Up to that point, the City had used the park to host a dozen summer events. In applying to the state Natural Resources Board for a use permit, the City had "ambitious aspirations for the Park," which included fostering a "robust waterfront that would

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