dyyuan wrote:is there anything i can do about it?
the company that's building the new houses did a shade study for their plan, and by 9am in winter time, the new 3 story house would still be blocking the sun completely.
i plan on going to the city meeting next week, but unsure if there are anything i can do other than voice my concerns.
(mountain view, ca)
Do a search on the web for "Air Rights", also, there are court cases which back up the right of a person owning real property to have unrestricted views for purposes of solar power, Solar Insolation (heating) and so forth. I'll have my Legal Assistant do a search on WestLaw, so you can have some documentation. There may end up being a compromise solution, depending upon how political the city meeting politicians are ... if you can demonstrate that your reception of the solar output will be restricted, they may want to know "how much" and "how will it effect your overall Solar Power production". Be calm, determined and polite. Always better to have other solar power folks there to give their opinions and statements. There is controversy over the area of the law, just as there are with Riparian Rights, including flood zones, etc. I'll get back to you here. You might mention the political makeup of the city council, Liberals versus Conservatives and their past positions on Environmental Issue (if any). Remember that politics trumps everything, just like a Royal Flush in Poker.
Here is a good place to start: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_rights
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Here is another case: United States v. Causby 328 U.S. 256 Although this was about a Wack-Job named Causby who didn't like "them damned flying machines over my Property!" The Supremes tossed this case out with an admonition that Cuius est solum eius est usque_ad coelum et ad inferos
(You own the property from the earth to the heavens) was no longer valid; ironically it was Douglas, J> -- a far-left Liberal (and presumably on the side of "the Little Guy") -- who wrote the decision which basically stated that the concept was "outmoded".