The increased need for government-driven coastal resilience projects will lead to a growing number of claims for “partial takings” of coastal property. Much attention has been paid to what actions constitute a partial taking, but there is less clarity about how to calculate just compensation for such takings, and when compensation should be offset by the value of benefits conferred to the property owner. While the U.S. Supreme Court has an analytically consistent line of cases on compensation for partial takings, it has repeatedly failed (most recently in Horne v. U.S. Department of Agriculture) to articulate a clear rule. The authors argue the government should compensate property owners based on the free market value of their remaining property, the calculation of which should include all non-speculative, calculable benefits of the taking.
Joshua Ulan Galperin & Zaheer Tajani, 46 Env't L. Rep. 10123 (2016), https://digitalcommons.pace.edu/lawfaculty/1183/.