James M. Speros


Monell places decisions of local agencies regarding land use in an entirely new light. While the exact scope of local governmental liability is yet to be determined, land use decisions can no longer be made without consideration of potential financial consequences from this new civil rights liability. Local governments must be aware that this potential financial responsibility will make challenges to land use decisions far more attractive to landowners. Thus, local governments must pay particular attention to the specific limitations on their power to regulate land use control, for significant financial liability may now be imposed if these bodies exceed their authority and deprive an individual of a constitutionally protected right. This article will concentrate on the significance of Monell to local governments in Ohio.