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One on One with Charles Peterson
By Gina Dostler

Expansive views of the Pacific Ocean and coastline buoy the real estate market in Newport and Laguna Beach. When landscaping obstructs precious views, property owners naturally want to take action. And some of them do it illegally. Attorney Charles Peterson has made it his business to know many of the city’s tree ordinances and view protection and restoration laws.

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In the article, “Ordinances can protect stunning views” published by Palos Verdes Peninsula NewsCharles Peterson explains that all four cities on the Palos Verdes Peninsula have view ordinances or rules, which provide homeowners a legal avenue to protect or reclaim their property’s scenic view. For example, Rolling Hills has dual processes, one administered by the city and one governed by the community association.

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Commenting on the article, “Claims Will Test View Rights,” published by The Indy, a local newspaper, Founding Partner Charles Peterson notes, “It’s surprising that only eight view claims have been filed considering the intensity of the eighteen month debate prior to the enactment of the ordinance.” After much debate, Laguna Beach implemented a view ordinance earlier this year that is now available to help homeowners restore their obstructed views. As of May 2015, eight claims have been filed. Where there was once concern and confusion residents are starting to embrace the new ordinance and magnificent Laguna Beach views are being restored.

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Founding Partner Charles Peterson presented, “What Every Real Estate Professional Should Know About View Preservation and View Restoration Ordinances,” to South Bay RE/MAX on May 5, 2015. A view ordinance is the legal vehicle to bring forth a lawsuit to restore and preserve a homeowners’ view. Restoring scenic views can increase real estate property values up to $100,000.

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