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Many visitors to this site will notice that the majority of our discussion on eminent domain and acquisition law relates to road projects. Indeed, it is accurate that a very high percentage of entities that exercise their eminent domain authority do it for the purpose of a roadway.
The reality, though, is that there is a veritable endless purpose by which a government or government-like organization may exercise eminent domain to acquire property. The most common non-roadway condemnations include: pipelines, flood plain easements, transmission lines, airports, and railroads.
With that being said, there are many, apparently less sinister projects that require eminent domain. These include: parks, sports complexes, trails, nature preserves, libraries, and school expansions or creation. These lesser known projects generally don’t get the attention that a “Illiana” or “Three Rivers Transmission Line” project gets, but the legal procedures, rights and guarantees are in most cases identical.
It is imperative to remember that as a landowner, you are entitled to just compensation for the acquisition of your property regardless of what the acquisition is for–be it an unpopular airport or a “harmless” bike trail.
If you think you may be affected by a project requiring acquisition of your land, and/or are interested in a free consultation, contact our eminent domain landowner attorneys at 1-888-318-3761 or visit us on the web at www.landownerattorneys.com.
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