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Land Use Law Report 2017 Volume 45 Number 9

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Historic Preservation - University Buildings Subject To City Landmark Preservation Rule

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Facts: From 1961 to 1988, the University of Washington (UW) housed its nuclear reactor in the More Hall Annex. The Annex has been vacant since 1992. In 2015, UW’s Board of Regents (Regents) began considering demolishing the Annex and replacing it with a new building [...]

Development - Under NY Statute, Development Rights Are Real Property Rights

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Facts: Located in the Town of Pleasant Valley, New York, the 101-acre Hahn Farm has been in the Hahn family for nearly 250 years. In 2007, ownership of the Hahn Farm passed to the four children of Edna Hahn. Her will conferred a qualified life estate in the farm to her son [...]

Historic Preservation - Grammar Error Meant Town's Window Modification Denial Was Improper

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Both a town historic commission and an Alabama trial court misinterpreted the phrase "contributing buildings and structures" when they determined that window-design standards applied to contributing buildings and all structures---rather than "contributing buildings and contributing structures." [...]

Zoning - Pawn Shop Entitled To Variance Because Eminent Domain Uniquely Burdened Property

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Facts: William Jachimek leased the building on an odd corner lot in the City of Phoenix, Arizona. The parcel has some unusual physical features caused by an eminent domain action: the property is much smaller than any of the nearby corner lots with the same zoning [...]

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