An update to our original 2011 post
As we have previously discussed, downzoning (changing the zoning designation for property from a more intensive use to a more restrictive use) can possibly rise to the level of a regulatory taking, depending on each individual situation. A recent case, FFV Coyote LLC v. City of San Jose, 2022 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 195036, analyzed this issue at the motion to dismiss stage and concluded that the plaintiffs had sufficiently plead a Fifth Amendment regulatory takings claim to survive a motion to dismiss.
Plaintiffs own property in San Jose ...
Downzoning property is always a thorny issue: on the one hand, zoning changes are typical, "police power"-type governmental activities; on the other hand, they can significantly impact property values, and in some cases can result in governmental takings liability. When a property owner experiences a change in zoning, there are typically two theories that can be pursued: one is so-called "spot zoning," and the other is a regulatory taking.
Under the first theory, "spot zoning," a property owner can have a zoning designation invalidated if it can prove the government targeted the ...
OK, before I get into this one, you should know that I've been sitting on this story for a week, trying to decide whether it warranted a blog post. I still haven't quite figured out what happened, and I was just about to let it go, but then my colleague Brad Kuhn pointed out earlier today that the very fact that the whole thing is so odd makes it worthy of a discussion. So here goes.
Last week, the City of San Clemente appealed from an earlier ruling by an Orange County Superior Court judge that the City of San Clemente was liable for a taking that resulted when the City (apparently in secret) down ...
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