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Zlotnick v. Redevelopment Land Agency

ELR Citation: 2 ELR 20235
Nos. No. 1700-71, (D.D.C., 03/03/1972)

Suit by downtown property owners to enjoin condemnation of their land as a step in the implementation of a Downtown Urban Renewal Plan for failure to comply with required statutory procedures in preparing the Plan—including the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969—is dismissed. The nonenvironmental challenges to the legality of the Plan are more properly raised as defenses in the condemnation proceedings. Moreover, because plaintiffs seek to protect only their own financial interests and have merely a remote, speculative and insubstantial interest in the environment, they do not have interests within the zone of interests to be protected by NEPA and lack standing to assert defendants' noncompliance with that statute.

Counsel for Plaintiffs
Stanley O. Sher
919 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20006

Counsel for Defendants
Nathan Odell, Asst. U.S. Attorney
U.S. Courthouse
Washington, DC 20001

C. Francis Murphy, Asst. Corporation Counsel
District of Columbia
Washington, DC 20001