Eagle Comments on Takings in Weekly Standard Article

Professor Steven Eagle comments on takings in a Weekly Standard article about Proposition 90, a California ballot initiative that seeks to prevent jurisdictions from using zoning and other regulatory powers to destroy property values without proper compensation to the property owner. Proposition 90 is part of a growing movement against regulatory takings that has gained momentum following the landmark Supreme Court ruling in Kelo v. New London.

Taking 'Takings' to the Voters, The Weekly Standard, October 30, 2006. By Shikha Dalmia and Leonard Gilroy.

"Ever since the Progressive Era popularized the notion that expert management of land would alleviate all manner of social ills, notes Stephen J. Eagle, a law professor at George Mason University, land-use planners have employed their regulatory powers not to enjoin nuisances, the original purpose of zoning, but to ensure that all uses of private property conform with their vision. The result is that millions of property owners-farmers, homeowners, small businesses, churches have faced financial losses, even total ruin, as ever more aggressive land-use regulations have barred them from any use of their property that doesn't serve the planners' ends."