• U.S. Supreme Court Places Its Thumb on the Land Use Scale
  • July 12, 2013 | Authors: Beth Bryan Critton; Timothy S. Hollister; Matthew Ranelli; Christopher J. Smith; Joseph P. Williams
  • Law Firm: Shipman & Goodwin LLP - Hartford Office
  • Somewhat lost amid the tumult of U.S. Supreme Court decisions on same-sex marriage, affirmative action, and voting rights, was the unusual specter of the Court weighing in on the conduct of local and state land use proceedings, and issuing a decision that not only favors the property owner, but also describes property owners seeking permits as “vulnerable to government extortion.” Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District, issued June 25, 2013, is a once-in-a-generation decision, for its subject matter, outcome, and tone. This article summarizes the decision and its likely impact on land use proceedings.