While the issue decided in Tahoe-Sierrawas simply that a 32-month development moratorium did not constitute a per se compensable taking, the case will likely have far broader implications because it provided the U.S. Supreme Court with the opportunity to clarify a number of its earlier takings decisions and allowed the Court to reveal how it is likely to approach some of the unresolved issues in this area.

The Court’s ruling on April 23, 2002, in Tahoe-Sierra Preservation Council v. Tahoe Regional Planning Agency,2002 WL 654431 (2002), dealt a significant blow to property-rights advocates, but debate will not likely end here.

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