About Brian T. Hodges

Brian T. Hodges is a Principal Attorney and the Managing Attorney of PLF’s Northwest center. He is a strong proponent of individual and property rights and actively litigates in the areas of regulatory takings, due process, land use, growth management, privacy, and administrative law.

PLF scores an important property rights win at the California Supreme Court

It’s no secret that California courts have been rather adventurous in finding ways around the rule that a permit condition must relate in both size and scope to development impact the condition is designed to mitigate. The nexus and proportionality … Continue reading

Supreme Court denies review of San Jose affordable housing case

This morning, the Supreme Court denied review in the legislative exactions case, California Building Industry Association v. City of San Jose (more about the case here). Although the decision ends the Association’s facial challenge to a city ordinance requiring new … Continue reading

Koontz’s decades-long battle for property rights comes to a just end

Back in 1994, Coy Koontz, Sr. sued a Florida land use agency for placing unconstitutional demands on his application to develop a couple acres of commercial property located at the intersection of two major highways. Today, over two decades later, … Continue reading

Affordable housing scheme before U.S. Supreme Court

San Jose’s costly affordable housing scheme is now pending on a certiorari petition with the U.S. Supreme Court in the case, California Building Industry Association v. City of San Jose. As you may recall, in order to address the ever … Continue reading

Washington court rejects environmentalist show trial, but with a scary opinion

It has come to this … using children as a stalking horse for a radical eco-technocratic agenda. Last year, a couple of well-heeled environmentalist organizations filed a petition, purportedly on behalf of eight school-age children, asking the court to force … Continue reading

PLF asks Washington Supreme Court to reconsider its decision to allow critical area planning to occur behind closed doors

Earlier this month, the Washington Supreme Court dealt a blow to transparent government when it ruled that a San Juan County committee, which included three of the county’s six-member council members, could meet behind doors to make important decisions regarding … Continue reading

Several amici join PLF’s request that the U.S. Supreme Court review San Jose’s inclusionary zoning ordinance

PLF received seven amicus briefs joining our request that the U.S. Supreme Court grant certiorari in the case, California Building Industry Association v. City of San Jose. As you may recall, PLF’s petition asks the Court to review a California … Continue reading

Made a deal with the devil? Deal with it.

There’s an interesting issue lurking in PLF’s petition for review in Common Sense Alliance v. Growth Management Hearings Board: Is a conservation buffer an interest in real property? Briefly about the case: Common Sense Alliance involves a challenge to San … Continue reading

PLF attorneys ask Washington Supreme Court to protect property owners from San Juan County land grab

Washington’s “growth management” approach to regulating land-use adjacent to environmentally sensitive areas relies almost exclusively on presumptions and generalizations—demanding that landowners dedicate oversized buffers based on assumed impacts rather than any actual determination that a proposed development will or will … Continue reading