No Zoning, No Problem? Think Again

Law360, New York (July 10, 2014, 10:50 AM EDT) -- The Houston real estate market has seen an escalation of commercial, mixed-use and residential projects. This upturn in overall development activity has been met with increased scrutiny by community groups. At the same time, the proliferation of social media has lowered the barriers to organizing coordinated opposition to development, culminating in litigation in some instances.

Recently, a group of Houston homeowners was awarded approximately $1.2 million in loss of property value damages for private nuisance against a developer of a 21-story multiuse development known as the Ashby High Rise. Penelope Loughhead et. Al. v. 1717 Bissonnet LLC, Cause No. 2013-26155, 157th...

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