Virginia Voters Place New Hedge Against Eminent Domain

Law360, New York (November 7, 2012, 5:30 PM EST) -- Virginia voters on Tuesday approved a constitutional amendment that will place new, tighter limits on local officials looking to use eminent domain to take over private property for redevelopment projects.

Backed by 74.7 percent of the electorate, according to state records, the amendment will confine eminent domain to situations where the land grab will go for public use, utilities or to eliminate a public nuisance, rather than for spurring private business. It also tacks on additional recompensation for lost profits, lost access and other damages tied...
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