A recent case addresses the issue of what happens when a local entity fails to comply with a party’s due process rights in land use decisions. On March 21, a federal court jury in Sacramento, CA awarded $107 million against Sacramento County and in favor of owners of a local 100-acre sand and gravel mine who contended undue influence was exercised in a decision by the County to shut down their family-owned operation for alleged zoning code violations. The jury found the County was unduly influenced by the family’s competitor, industry heavy-weight Teichert Construction, and the family never received a fair hearing, violating their due process rights under the US Constitution. The County of Sacramento plans to appeal.