Anyone who's ever been involved in real estate development knows that as part of the permit approval process, developers are routinely required to make concessions to the government in order to move forward with proposed development plans. And, if you're building near the coast, you usually need to jump through even more hoops (sometimes backwards and through fire) to please the Coastal Commission. But when do the demanded concessions go too far?
We've covered in the past the "rough proportionality" and "nexus" requirements that development conditions must ...
The Clean Water Act requires states to identify rivers and creeks that fall below specified water quality standards. Those water bodies are thereafter designated as "impaired" by the Environmental Protection Agency, and certain standards are imposed to limit pollution and runoff.
If a river or creek's designation results in a nearby property suffering a decrease in value, does the property owner have standing to seek removal of the designation? In Barnum Timber Co. v. United States Environmental Protection Agency, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that ...
In an October 31 article for the North County Times, "VISTA: City wants to redevelop motel property," reporter Cigi Ross writes about the City of Vista's plans to acquire a motel property as part of a plan to redevelop the area:
The owner of a downtown Vista motel is accusing the city of trying to kick him out of his business and his home.
City officials announced Monday they're trying to purchase the Vista Riviera Motel as part of a redevelopment project along Vista Village Drive and Vista Way that could include a new car dealership.
While the City's efforts currently involve a voluntary ...
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