Calif. Right Of Entry Ruling Keeps Public Projects On Track

Law360, New York (August 4, 2016, 11:55 AM EDT) -- Bradford B. Kuhn

Rick E. Rayl When public agencies analyze a potential public project, they often need to gain access to private property for surveys, testing and to otherwise investigate whether a particular property is suitable for a planned project. Often, agencies gain access by talking with the property's owner and reaching agreement on a right of entry. But where the owner refuses to allow access, the agency must resort to the courts.

For decades, agencies have followed a set of rules that allow them to obtain a court-ordered right of entry with minimal notice and without most of the formality...

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