Supreme court says buildings have a right to be ugly

By The Associated Press

The Vermont Supreme Court says buildings are allowed to be ugly.


MONTPELIER, Vermont (AP) — The Vermont Supreme Court says buildings are allowed to be ugly.

The court makes the ruling in response to a pair of challenges to planned solar power developments. Nearby landowners sued, making the contention that the developments would be ugly and hurt property values.

The Rutland Herald ( ) reports the supreme court found unsightliness does not render a building a nuisance under the law. It cites a long-standing rule that bars private nuisance actions based on aesthetic disapproval and nothing else.

Lawyers for the suing landowners argued that state nuisance law was broad enough to support their claim. They also say that the country values the importance of "scenic resources" more today than it did 120 years ago.

A lower court cited a precedent from 1896 in making its ruling.

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