With the passing of California's new gas tax (SB1) earlier this year, local government agencies have come across a new source of funding to complete public infrastructure projects. According to an article in the Ceres Courier, Caltrans Seeks Comments on Service Road Interchange, the City of Ceres hopes its Service/Mitchell/Highway 99 Interchange project can benefit from the new funds. As part of the project, Caltrans and the City are planning one of the State's first "diverging diamond" designs, which would add a new interchange at Service Road and modify the Mitchell ...
While most lawsuits typically start with the filing of a complaint, eminent domain cases really start one key step earlier, with the condemning agency’s adoption of a Resolution of Necessity. The Resolution establishes (i) the agency’s right to take the property and (ii) the scope of the acquisition. In order to adopt a Resolution, the agency must make a set of findings, including finding that [t]he proposed Project is planned and located in the manner that will be most compatible with the greatest public good and the least private injury. In Council of San Benito County ...
A few weeks ago, the California Court of Appeal issued an interesting unpublished decision detailing a long, drawn-out eminent domain battle in Riverside County. I haven't blogged about it yet because, well to be honest, it feels like such a crazy story I couldn't figure out where to start or what to cover. But here we go.
The case, Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District v. O'Doherty, starts off rather dull. In order to serve a residential development, the Water District planned to construct a pump station in a public right of way. Because it was believed the planned ...
Access impairment disputes must be the hot topic. I just wrote about the Wardany access impairment case, and now another similar dispute is brewing in the City of Temecula. This one may be a bit more interesting.
According to a North County Times article by Aaron Claverie, TEMECULA: City looks ready to fight eminent domain suit, Old Town property owners Charles and Sylvia Hargis have filed an inverse condemnation action against the City of Temecula due to the City's purportedly closing off access to the Hargis' coffee shop during construction of the City's $70 million ...
California eminent domain law generally provides that a government agency's impairment of a property's access is not compensable unless the impairment qualifies as "substantial". Dozens of cases have addressed access impairment claims raised by property and business owners both in the traditional eminent domain context and through inverse condemnation actions, and while there are some general guidelines that can be established, many times the determination of whether an impairment qualifies as "substantial" will depend on the particular facts of the case.
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