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.
Recent examples of areas undergoing eminent domain within Denton County include the highly public road FM 1171 in Flower Mound, and the more residential Chisum Road in Sanger, for which condemnation proceedings will begin in the near future. Another major upcoming project is the expansion of Interstate 35. Letters from TXDOT about expected right of way aquisitions may have already been received by affected landowners in Carrollton, Lewisville, Highland Village, Hickory Creek, Lake Dallas, Corinth, and Denton. Affected landowners need to consider their options for legal representation at this time to handle negotiations with TXDOT and maximize the value of the property.
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: