History Not On The Side Of California Developers

Law360, New York (June 19, 2014, 8:11 PM EDT) -- As a spate of California buildings reach the ripe old age of 50, the state's historic-buildings laws are creating obstacles for developers as cities move to christen more properties as historic — even some that don't make sense — and opponents use the history portion of the state's environmental act to stall projects.

Further complicating matters, lawyers say, is that it's often not readily apparent why some of the state's "historic" buildings — like, say, a 1960s single-family home — are such, and the complexity of categorizing a property as historic means developers often face a host of uncertainties.

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