Eminent Domain

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Eminent Domain

The right of a government to force the sale of real estate by a private individual or corporation in certain cases. For example, if a municipality is building a road, it may exercise eminent domain to purchase the land along which the road is going to run. While the private owners are paid for these purchases, they may not refuse to sell. The term is most common in the United States. The concept is called compulsory purchase in the United Kingdom and compulsory acquisition in Australia.

eminent domain

The power of government to take land for the public good with the payment of just compensation.See condemnation.

Eminent Domain

The right of a government authority to take private property for public use and paying fair compensation to the owner.
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George Mason, drafter of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, singled out that the right of eminent domain was to be excluded from the authority of the state of Virginia.
387) According to the Court, "[t]he proper view of the right of eminent domain seems to be, that it is a right belonging to a sovereignty to take private property for its own public uses, and not for those of another.
The powerful right of eminent domain exercised through condemnation allows governments to acquire property even if landowners don't want to sell.
It may also mean giving the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission the right of eminent domain so it can solve right-of-way problems with transmission lines.
The reopening will begin yet another chapter in the storied history of the property, which was landmarked in 1965, more than six decades after New York City exercised its right of eminent domain and designated the tavern as a park.
The State of Georgia elected to exercise its right of eminent domain to acquire the property after the Company and the State were unable to agree on a fair market value.