Climate Adaptation and the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution: How do adaptation strategies impact regulatory takings claims?

Abstract

As the impacts and potential of climate change are realized at the governance level, states are moving towards adaptation strategies that include greater regulatory restrictions on development within coastal zones. The purpose of this paper is to outline the impacts of existing and planned regulatory mechanisms on the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which prevents the government taking of private property for public use without just compensation. A short history of regulatory takings is explained, and the potential legal issues surrounding mitigation and adaptation measures for coastal communities are discussed. The goal is to gain an understanding of the legal issues that must be resolved by governments to effectively deal with regulatory takings claims as coastal mitigation and adaptation plans are implemented.

Suggested Citation

Chad J. McGuire. "Climate Adaptation and the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution: How do adaptation strategies impact regulatory takings claims?" Conference Proceedings, The Coastal Society 22nd International Costal Conference: Shifting Shorlines, Adapting to the Future (2010).
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/chad_mcguire/16