Thursday, September 13, 2012

Are Land Use Battles Bankrupting Cities?

The L.A. Times details how land use disputes have left some cities on shaky financial ground:

[H]efty legal costs from land battles are a widespread problem in cities across California. Peacocks, radio antennas, strip clubs and landslides have all sparked high-profile cases, as well as the more common suits — such as the one in Mammoth Lakes — by developers who were denied approval for a project or neighbors and environmentalists trying to stall big-box stores or large residential projects on sensitive land.

These cases often drag on for years, sometimes consuming millions of dollars in legal bills even before the issues are resolved. A Times review found that in several Los Angeles County cities, land-use litigation amounted to the lion's share of their legal bills.

Steve Clowney

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