The only victory ever in the State of California of a “Lucas” regulatory taking claim. The case involved owners of 16 residentially zoned lots in Rancho Palos Verdes. The city refused to allow the owners to build on their lots, citing alleged landslide dangers. In a 49 page published opinion (Monks v. City of Rancho Palos Verdes, 167 Cal.App. 4th 263), the California Court of Appeal found the refusal constituted a taking of the plaintiffs’ properties without just compensation. The victory was valued at approximately $24 million dollars to the plaintiffs.
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