The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states: “nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.” The California Constitution contains a similar provision. Reading these constitutional provisions, one might reasonably assume that private property cannot be acquired for public use without just compensation. However, that assumption would be incorrect. In California, like many other states, private property may be acquired for public use without the payment of any compensation through an implied dedication. Whether there was or was ...
When public agencies acquire property for public projects, many times only a portion of the property is required. And, the government usually seeks various types property interests: (i) permanent easements for street purposes, drainage, utilities, slope, aerial, or access rights, (ii) temporary construction easements, or (iii) fee interests, to name a few. One common misconception among agencies is that acquiring an easement is completely different than acquiring the property in fee. In some cases, it can be vastly different, but in others, depending on the scope of the ...
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