One interesting valuation issue eminent domain attorneys and appraisers run into in California is when a "special use" property -- such as a church or school -- faces condemnation. How does one value such a property when there is no relevant market or comparable sales to rely on?
The Legislature enacted Evidence Code section 824 to deal with such situations, specifically providing that such special use properties can be valued based on a reproduction or replacement cost analysis (i.e., the cost of purchasing replacement land, making the land suitable for the same use, and the cost of ...
Earlier this year, Nossaman sent out an E-Alert providing a status update on the use of federal stimulus dollars for California infrastructure projects. Here on the blog, we've also recently reported on water-related property rights issues grabbing news headlines. A recent Mojave Water Agency project -- backed by federal stimulus dollars -- ties the two topics together.
According to a recent Victorville Daily Press article, "MWA uses eminent domain on land: Property is needed for R-Cubed project," the Mojave Water Agency is using eminent domain to acquire land ...
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