Today, the California Supreme Court denied review and depublication of the Court of Appeal's opinion in Charles A. Pratt Construction v. CCC. Justices Kennard and Baxter would have granted the petition for review. PLF attorneys, on behalf of PLF and Home Builders Association of Northern California, filed an amicus brief supporting the petition.
The Court of Appeal's decision (162 Cal. App. 4th 1068 (2008)) ratifies the California Coastal Commission's authority to skirt the protections provided to developers under the Vesting Tentative Map Act and unilaterally to rewrite Local Coastal Programs that it long ago certified. The published decision represents a blow to property rights.