What is a vested right?

A vested right is a right that a property owner has to approval for his or her land use or development application, which cannot legally be taken away until the right expires(2). The vested right includes the right to have the land use allowed or the application approved by the City(3).


(2) Western Land Equities, Inc. v. City of Logan, 617 P.2d 388, 396 (1980)

(3) Western Land Equities, 617 P.2d at 391 (holding that an applicant is entitled to favorable action if the application conforms to the zoning ordinance in effect at the time of the application)

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1. What is a vested right?
2. What is a land use?
3. What is an application?
4. When does a vested right occur?
5. When does a vested right expire?
6. Can the City, or the citizens through an initiative or referendum, take away a vested right?
7. What are the consequences for taking away a vested right?