Property Rights in Denton County
Condemnation of residential and business properties is a big issue in counties experiencing profound population growth and expanding traffic corridors. Denton County is one of the fastest-growing counties in the state over the last several years, and changing infrastructure to meet the population growth has led to a lot of eminent domain cases. If you find yourself in the midst of an eminent domain issue, Loveless and Loveless can assist you.
What is Eminent Domain?
Eminent domain is the power of a governmental entity to convert (or “condemn”) privately owned property to public use, subject to reasonable compensation for the taking. Federal, state, and local governments have power to condemn private property, as do public transportation and utility companies.
How Can This Effect Me?
If you are a property owner in Denton County, you could be affected by eminent domain. Condemnations occur when an authorized entity (government, transportation, utility) is making way for new or improved roadways, electrical corridors, waterways, or other types of public uses that outweigh your interest in keeping the property you own.
Why Do I Need Representation?
You have worked hard for the property you own. In some instances, a condemnation can be avoided. In most, however, some or all of your property will be taken, and you deserve to receive the full fair market value of the property taken. Legal representation will help make sure you receive this value. Legal representation can also help you:
Identify damages that may occur to the rest of your property and negotiate reasonable compensation;
Decide if the amount of land being taken is the smallest amount of land needed by the entity, and if not, to work on negotiating a smaller part of your land to be condemned.
Determine if there is a different way to take the land that will leave you better use of your remaining property, and if so, to try and negotiate a different part of your land to be condemned.
Experienced Denton Eminent Domain Attorneys
Construction of venues like the Texas Motor Speedway and the new Cowboy Stadium are examples of the power of eminent domain being extended to obtain land for a private or semi-private enterprise.