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Charles & Howard Pty. Ltd. v. Redland Shire Council (Queensland Supreme Court 2007)

Jurisdiction: Australia

Side A: Charles & Howard Pty Ltd (Corporation)

Side B: Redland Shire Council (Government)

Core objectives: Challenge to city council's decision limiting development in a flood zone

The owner of property located on Australia's northwest coast wanted to build a dwelling close to the water but was refused by the local council, which prohibited such construction in locations at risk for flooding. The property owner appealed that refusal to the Queensland Planning and Environment Court, which upheld the council's decision and also noted that climate change was increasing the flood risks of concern to the council. The property owner appealed that ruling to the Supreme Court of Queensland, which upheld the lower court's decision.
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