Fid out the latest in recent Texas eminent domain news for December 2021:
Pause on I-45 highway project partially lifted amid talks
The Texas Transportation Commission said it has reached an agreement with the Federal Highway Administration that would allow the state to resume design work on certain parts of a disputed project that would remake 24 miles along Interstate 45 and several other roadways in the Houston area.
Conroe to realign Dallas Street for better mobility
Source: Houston Chronicle
The City of Conroe is using eminent domain power to realign Dallas Street at Roberson Street, which they say will improve safety and mobility of the intersection.
Feds intend to seize Valley landowner’s property
Source: The Brownsville Herald
Court documents show the government filed a lawsuit on Nov. 10 against Sparks Family Partnership LTD. for 39.287 acres of land or more located in Cameron County. The lawsuit states: “The public purpose for which said property is taken is to construct, install, operate, and maintain roads, fencing, vehicle barriers, security lighting, cameras, sensors, and related structures designed to help secure the United States/Mexico border within the State of Texas.”
League City to purchase land for Dove Meadows detention pond project
Source: Community Impact Newspaper
A League City City Council resolution passed Nov. 30 will allow city officials to proceed with the acquisition of just under 17 acres of land for construction and improvements associated with the Dove Meadows detention pond project. In the event there is not an agreement on price, eminent domain can be declared as a step towards acquiring the land.
Federal Court Rules Takings Clause May Require Compensation when Police Destroy an Innocent Person’s Home in Process of Pursuing a Suspect
Source: Reason Foundation
A November 18 ruling from a federal district court indicates that the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment may require the government to pay compensation in a case where a police SWAT team destroyed an innocent person’s home while pursuing a criminal suspect. Other federal courts have held that takings liability cannot apply in such cases because of the “police power” exception to the Takings Clause.