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Recent Supreme Court Victories


Tahoe-Sierra Preservation Council v. Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, S. Ct. No. 00-1167


Lake Tahoe

The Supreme Court on April 22 agreed with CRC's position and upheld a building moratoria put in place to protect Lake Tahoe from pollution, rejecting a takings challenge brought by more than 400 Tahoe property owners. The ruling is a major victory that preserves the ability of local governments to protect fragile resources from environmental harm.

CRC filed a brief in the Tahoe case on behalf of the nation's governors, mayors and other state and local officials. The case is Tahoe-Sierra Preservation Council v. Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.


Detailed Analysis of Court's Decision -- click here.

Lake Tahoe's Role in the Battle for Community Rights -- click here.

CRC Press Release on Tahoe Victory -- click here.  

Media Coverage on the Lake Tahoe decision -- click here.

Supreme Court Opinion

To read the opinion in PDF format, click here.

Supreme Court Briefs (in PDF format)

Amicus Brief Prepared by CRC for the State and Local Legal Center Supporting Respondents

Brief for the United States as Amicus Curiae Supporting Respondents

Brief of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency

Brief of the American Planning Association and National Trust for Historic Preservation

Unofficial Transcript of Oral Argument -- click here.

Proceedings before the Ninth Circuit
To read a summary of the Ninth Circuit's ruling, click here.
To read the brief CRC filed on behalf of IMLA, click here (PDF format). For an HTML version, click here.
To read CRC's press release hailing the victory in the Ninth Circuit, click here.

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