US Supreme Court To Hear Property Rights Dispute

The US Supreme Court could make it tougher for state and local governments to limit development in coastal areas. Justices are expected to hear arguments today in a property rights case that involves a family’s effort to sell part of its riverfront land in Wisconsin. The family said that conservation rules, forbidding the sale, stripped the land of its value and the government owes them compensation.
County officials nixed the sale because regulations treat the family’s two lots as a single property that can’t be split up. Government officials said it’s fair to view the property as a whole.
More than 100 cities and counties have similar regulations in place. The case has drawn interest from property rights and business groups that say such rules let the government avoid paying landowners for restricting land use.