As cities become more dense and urbanized, it is common for infrastructure to get outdated or insufficient to handle increased demand. We see this with roads, highways, schools, and even utilities. When new infrastructure is needed, many times eminent domain becomes necessary to acquire property in the way of the proposed new project. But sometimes those properties are historical or, given their longstanding presence, have sentimental meaning to the community.
Such a situation is currently playing out in the City of Oakley. According to an article in the Mercury News, Oakley ...
After two years of negotiating with residential property owners, the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors approved acquisition of the property by eminent domain. The Modesto Bee reports that the board approved the acquisition of a single-family residence at its meeting on Tuesday in order to construct its Claribel Road project, which will cost the county $15.2 million. The project will widen Claribel Road from two lanes to a four-lane separated highway relieving congestion and reducing the safety concerns of the current configuration, which causes an estimated 16 accidents ...
According to an article in the Press Democrat, Rohnert Park OKs eminent domain at site of future hotel, restaurant, the Rohnert Park City Council recently adopted a resolution of necessity authorizing the use of eminent domain to acquire part of a property needed for a street widening project. The street widening project is necessary accommodate increased traffic from the new Graton Resort & Casino, and it will require the partial acquisition of 22 properties.
The acquisition encompasses over 16,000 square feet from an undeveloped property that is slated to be improved ...
It is common practice for government agencies to condition approval of large developments on providing off-site public improvements. Road widenings, park dedications, etc., are all too familiar for California developers. When those improvements require others' property, many times the government agency utilizes eminent domain on the developer's behalf (with the developer footing the bill). But what if the agency refuses?
According to an Inside Self-Storage article, "Derrel’s Mini Storage Owner Battles City, Homeowner in CA Self-Storage Eminent Domain Case," a ...
According to an article by Ken Carlson in the Modesto Bee, "Modesto will try eminent domain," the Modesto City Council this week voted 6-0 in favor of utilizing eminent domain to acquire easements necessary for the widening of Roselle Avenue. The remaining hold-out properties include part-takes from a seven-acre ranchette and a two-and-a-half acre vacant lot. The owner of the ranchette, Daniel Nickles, claims the City's survey is flawed, and its $15,000 offer is less than a tenth of fair market value.
The acquisition if Nickles' property includes a 5-foot by ...
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