When George Sheetz planned to build an 1800-square-foot manufactured home on his California property, he could hardly have thought his routine permit request would end up at the U.S. Supreme Court. But when the County of El Dorado required Mr. Sheetz to pay $23,420 to mitigate for purported impacts of his modest new home on state and local roads, he sued. California courts rejected his claim that the permit fee, or “exaction,” was an unconstitutional taking. The Supreme Court recently granted Mr. Sheetz’s cert petition and may use his appeal to resolve a split of authority concerning legislative development conditions and the Fifth Amendment.
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