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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 23, 2002
CONTACT: Timothy Dowling, 202-296-6889


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 chief counsel:

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.

 

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