Las Vegas was slammed for its action which prevented a developer from pursuing housing plans on a defunct golf course. The Clark County District Court held that the City’s actions were tantamount to the City taking the property.
Kermitt Waters, Esq., owner’s counsel of America attorney for the State of Nevada represented the plaintiff-developer. The estimated damages could be as much as $1 billion.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal (September 30, 2021), efforts to develop the golf course began after EHB purchased the land in 2015. Plans were opposed by lawmakers and the community.
The case was brought as an inverse condemnation alleging a “categorical taking.” In essence, the developer argued that the City purported intention to preserve private property for public use has wiped out the economic value of the land.