On occasion, public agencies decide to abandon or partially abandon an eminent domain proceeding. The most typical reason is due to a revision in project design, making the property no longer necessary for the proposed project. However, to the surprise of many, an abandonment can also occur after an agency receives an unfavorable jury verdict. Code of Civil Procedure section 1268.510 provides that an agency "may wholly or partially abandon the proceeding" any time after filing the complaint up until 30 days after the entry of final judgment. (The only exception is if the ...
As you may recall, we've been closely following an eminent domain action pending in Sacramento County Superior Court involving the Rancho Cordova Redevelopment Agency. The case involves the RDA's efforts to acquire a 9-acre site owned by the Lily Company. After the property owner lost its challenge to the RDA's right to take the property, the case proceeded to a jury trial with respect to the property's value. The results are in, and it's not a happy ending (at least so far) for the RDA.
The Sacramento Bee reports in its article, "Price tag sky rockets for Rancho Cordova in land ...
The City of Rancho Cordova's Redevelopment Agency has been working to implement plans to eliminate blighted conditions along Folsom Boulevard. As part of those efforts, the RDA filed an eminent domain action to acquire a 9-acre site owned by Lily Company.
Lily Company challenged the RDA's right to take on numerous grounds, including lack of proper blight findings and allegations that the RDA was colluding with the Los Rios Community College District. We initially reported on the case in an August post, Rancho Cordova Eminent Domain Case Involves Allegations of Contractual ...
On its face, the City of Rancho Cordova's eminent domain action to acquire a vacant parcel for redevelopment purposes is a familiar story. The government wants to seize private property in order to turn the property over to a third party for redevelopment. This is the basic fact pattern that caused the national eminent domain uproar that started when the Supreme Court issued its 2005 Kelo decision.
Unlike in Kelo, however, in California the government typically cannot take such steps without making appropriate findings that the property being condemned is "blighted." This ...
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