Tuesday, May 27, 2008

GELPI Report on Takings Legislation

The Georgetown Environmental Law and Policy Institute has released a report on the impact of takings legislation.  Here is a summary of the findings:

The major findings of the report are that the takings agenda has undermined community protections by forcing a roll back of existing legal rules and/or by exerting a chilling effect on new legislative activity, special interests such as developers and timber companies have been the primary beneficiaries of takings legislation, the takings laws have fomented and exacerbated neighbor-neighbor conflicts over land use issues, the takings agenda has conferred large windfalls on certain owners either in the form of taxpayer-funded awards or special exemptions from the rules that apply to the rest of the community, and the property rights agenda has undermined the democratic process.

Ben Barros

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