Calif. Agency Controls LA's Coastal Development, Court Says

Law360, Los Angeles (January 27, 2014, 8:47 PM EST) -- A family that built a guest house and a commercial vineyard on a Topanga, Calif., property lost a bid in state appeals court on Friday to force Los Angeles county officials, and not the state's Coastal Commission, to rule on whether they could develop their coastal estate.

In its appeal, the family contended that language in the Coastal Act saying the commission “shall” transfer permitting authority to the county a set amount of time after a land use plan was approved made that transfer of authority...
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