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Eminent Domain

Eminent domain occurs when the State or federal government appropriates real estate from a private owner without the owner's consent.  The owner is usually compensated for the loss of the property at a rate that the government determines is a just and fair value.

Normally, eminent domain is used to acquire right of way for a new road or some other public use.  It may also be used by a municipality to exercise planning and development.  In the latter case, an area might be designated as "blighted" and condemned.  The municipality may then raze the structures provide the land to a third party for development.

 The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the right of municipalities to use eminent domain even if the intent is to provide the property to a third party.  Municipalities have even put business men and women out of business and moved people from their homes against their wishes in order to provide their property to another business entity for development.  This has been done, some say, to improve the community.  Others say this should be an unconstitutional seizure of property.

Government use of eminent domain is not limited to real property.  It may be applied to the value of a contract.  Condemnation of a franchise agreement is sometimes used by a city to displace a franchise.


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A Sovereign Power ProPublica
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Atlantic Coast Pipeline Files Eminent Domain Cases Against Property Owners Wh... Atlantic Coast Pipeline files eminent domain cases against property owners who haven39t sold them land in route Atlantic Coast Pipeline, the Dominion Energy led consortium behind the 600 mile, roughly 5.5 billion natural gas project, has filed suit to compel 10 Virginia landowners to allow construction of the pipeline on their properties. ACP has filed eminent Dominion Energy Arguing to Use Eminent Domain for Atlantic Coast PipelineNBC 29 News Nelson Co. residents against Pipeline feel encouraged after Va. Water Control meetingWSET Bold Alliance Vows to Continue Pipeline FightNRVN News The Charlottesville Newsplex Triangle Business Journal Staunton News Leader all 56 news articles raquo

NYC Prepared To Use Eminent Domain To Buy Buildings For The New York Post
New York Post NYC prepared to use eminent domain to buy buildings for the New York Post The city plans to acquire 25 to 30 privately owned buildings where the majority of residents are homeless families even if it has to seize the De Blasio could invoke eminent domain in homeless housing planamNY NYC Mayor May Use Eminent Domain to Buy Apartments for HomelessWall Street Journal City Plans to Use Eminent Domain to Create Affordable Housing for HomelessWNYC New York Daily News WABC TV New York Times all 21 news articles raquo

LA County Votes To Use Eminent Domain On South LA Property Curbed LA
Curbed LA LA County votes to use eminent domain on South LA property Curbed LA The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to use eminent domain to seize properties from a developer at Vermont and Manchester avenues in South LA. and more raquo

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