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  • Regulatory Takings - Supreme Court Sticks To Fact-Intense Test For Defining The Parcel At Issue

    Wednesday, July 26, 2017

    Facts: In the 1990s, the Murr siblings (the Murrs) acquired from their parents (the elder Murrs) two adjacent lots on the St. Croix River in Wisconsin. The lots are similar in size and shape: about 1.25 acres, long and narrow, with flat land next to the river rising to a steep bluff and more flat land above. Because of the bluff and the water line, each lot contains

  • Inverse Condemnation - Taking A Business Property's Only Parking Option Was 'Substantial Destruction'

    Wednesday, July 26, 2017

    Facts: In 1981, Robert Barton bought a four-story commercial building at 70 South Main in Norwalk, Connecticut. The building itself came with only one parking space, and the City of Norwalk told Barton that he needed more parking spaces to comply with zoning ordinances, even though there was "abundant" on-street parking in the area. Barton

  • Historic Preservation - No Demo Permit Needed To Partially Remove Building During 'Restoration'

    Wednesday, July 26, 2017

    Facts: The River Road neighborhood in San Antonio, Texas became a designated "Historic District" in 2010. A year earlier, a group of developers bought a property in the neighborhood, on Lindell Place. The house on that property was originally built around 1950. Since then, numerous additions and changes had been made to the house, including an addition, a patio, a wraparound

  • Use Permit - In California: Challenge Permit Conditions Before You Begin Building

    Wednesday, July 26, 2017

    Facts: Plaintiffs Barbara Lynch and Thomas Frick own neighboring oceanfront properties in Encinitas, California. Their respective houses are at the top of a coastal bluff, which slopes steeply down to the beach. Landslides are common in the area, and seawalls are used in Encinitas to protect bluffs from landslides. In 1986, a shared seawall was

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