MAJOR VICTORY FOR COMMUNITY
RIGHTS IN LAKE TAHOE CASE
Today, the Supreme Court handed state and local officials
a major victory in its opinion in Tahoe-Sierra Preservation
Council v. Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. The Court upheld
a planning moratoria put in place to protect Lake Tahoe from
pollution, rejecting a takings challenge brought by more than
400 Tahoe property owners.
In the words of Timothy Dowling, Community Rights Counsel's
The ruling is a thoroughgoing rebuke of the radical notions
of property rights advanced by developers and other special
interests. This is the best news from the Supreme Court on
takings law in more than 20 years. It is a great day for Lake
Tahoe and for communities across the country struggling to
protect fragile resources from environmental harm.
Community Rights Counsel (CRC) filed a brief in the Tahoe
case for our nation's governors, mayors and other state and
local officials on behalf of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.
CRC is a nonprofit public interest law firm in Washington,
D.C. that helps local governments defend challenges to land
use controls and other community protections.