Vested Rights Cases

Western Land Equities v. City of Logan (1980) –Establishes Utah’s Vested Rights Rule.

Scherbel v. Salt Lake City (1988) –No vested rights if an application does not conform to the zoning ordinance.

Patterson v. American Fork (2003) –The Vested Rights Rule is based on estoppel, or detrimental reliance on a zoning ordinance.

Mouty v. Sandy City Recorder (2005) - The vested rights doctrine does not operate to defeat the compelling, countervailing public interest of the people’s right to refer legislative action to local voters.

Keith v. Mt. Resorts Dev. (2014) - a development approval does not create independent free-floating vested property rights; approval is conditioned on compliance with approved plan.