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The right to improve privately-owned real property is recognized as basic and generally beneficial to society. Yet, government is free to impose some restrictions on land use and development for health and safety reasons. On Tuesday, January 15, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court heard Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District, a Florida case that examines the limits of government regulation of real property. On this previously recorded conference call, our expert, who attended the oral argument, provides his report on this case in which a private landowner asserts that government-imposed conditions on the granting of a commercial development permit exceed the government’s authority.
- Mr. James S. Burling, Director of Litigation, Pacific Legal Foundation
- Moderator: Mr. Christian B. Corrigan, Director of Publications, The Federalist Society