and other landowners are attempting to use takings litigation
-- or the mere threat of takings litigation -- to persuade
state and local officials to relax or abandon land use controls
and other community protections.
Takings challenges can be complex and expensive, often
overwhelming the limited legal resources available to small
addition to actually representing these communities in court
for information on CRC's cases). CRC's reaches communities
around the country by publishing guidebooks, how-to articles,
and newsletters and hosting workshops for government officials.
flagship of these efforts is CRC's
Takings Litigation Handbook, a 404-page manual for local
officials produced by CRC in cooperation with Andrew Schwartz
of the California Community Land Use Project.
The Handbook is the first-ever “soup to nuts” guide
for state and local government attorneys in defending environmental
regulations in court.
It was published by American Legal Publishing, Inc.
in May 2000 to rave reviews.
Nearly 1,000 handbooks have already been sold.
For more about the Handbook, click
CRC also uses the Handbook as the text for a series of intensive
workshops for government attorneys.
CRC workshops in 5 states have attracted over 200 government
attorneys. For more
about CRC's workshops and presentations, click