Amicus Brief: Sheetz v. County of El Dorado
Beacon Center and Southeastern Legal Foundation filed an amicus brief at the United States Supreme Court supporting George Sheetz, who was forced to pay over $20,000 dollars to fund unrelated road improvements before he could build a home on his own property.
The issue presented is whether unreasonable permit conditions are exempt from judicial review merely because they are enacted by a legislative body. Beacon and SLF successfully litigated this issue in their challenge to Nashville’s sidewalks ordinance, which led to a favorable ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Beacon and SLF urge the Supreme Court to adopt the reasoning of the Sixth Circuit, and hold that property owners may challenge unreasonable permit conditions even if they were enacted by the legislature.