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St. Johns River Water Management District v. Koontz Documents 11-1-12

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Brian T. Hodges

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Brian Hodges is a Senior Attorney at PLF’s Pacific Northwest office in Bellevue, Washington. Brian focuses his practice on defending of the right of individuals to make reasonable use of … ›

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By Christina M. Martin

After 22 years, government compensates PLF client for taking use of property

This week, after 22 years of litigation, the St Johns River Water Management District finally paid the Koontz family for taking the use of Coy Koontz’s property

This case began in 1994, when the St Johns River Water Management District told Koontz that if he wanted a permit to build on 37 acres of his vacant property, he would have to dedicate the remaining 105 acres to conservation and spend up to $150,000 repairing government property miles away from his land  Mr Koontz refused to agree to repair government property that had no relationship to his proposed development  As

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By Brian T. Hodges

Koontz’s decades-long battle for property rights comes to a just end

Back in 1994, Coy Koontz, Sr sued a Florida land use agency for placing unconstitutional demands on his application to develop a couple acres of commercial property located at the intersection of two major highways Today, over two decades later, his battle for his property rights has finally come to an end—and a just one at that (more…)

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By Damien M. Schiff

Has the California Coastal Commission read Koontz?

Evidently not  This week the Commission is meeting in Ventura, California, and one of the items it’s considering is a request from the City of Ventura to change the zoning on a few undeveloped coastal parcels, to accommodate a possible residential development proposal  The Commission’s staff is concerned because it would rather have the land used for low cost overnight visitor accommodations (such as hostels or campgrounds)  Therefore, the staff is proposing that any developer wishing to building family homes on these parcels must pay $18 million into a fund that will pay for new visitor facilities on state park lands in the area

The trouble with the Commission’s

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