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Editor: Stephen Clowney
Univ. of Arkansas, Fayetteville

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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