Lake Tahoe (IJ Amicus)

Tahoe Sierra Preservation Council, Inc. v. Tahoe Regional Planning Agency 

This case concerned the plight of owners of undeveloped land located in the Lake Tahoe Basin. For nearly 20 years, they fought an incessant battle with the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, which through a series of strategically timed development moratoria has refused to allow the construction of any new single-family homes on ordinary building plots located in the basin. Unfortunately, the Court determined that so-called temporary bans on land development did not constitute a taking of property requiring compensation under the Takings Clause of the Constitution. The Institute co-authored an amicus curiae brief in Tahoe with the nation’s leading constitutional scholar on such takings—University of Chicago law professor Richard Epstein.

Essential Background

 

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Latest Release: Institute for Justice Expresses Disappointment in Supreme Court Decision Against Property Owners in Takings Case (April 23, 2002)

 

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Release: Property Rights Focus of U.S. Supreme Court Argument & Panel Discussion (January 7, 2002)

 

Legal Briefs and Decisions

 

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Case Timeline

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U.S. Supreme Court

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April 23, 2002:  U.S. Supreme Court sided with the planning authority over individual landowners 

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Case Completed

 

 

 

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MAP: State Supreme Court Rulings On Eminent Domain for Private Development

 

 

IJ’s first-ever nationwide census of eminent domain abuse:  Public Power, Private Gain


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