The Re-Purchase of Land Acquired by Eminent Domain


A proposed Texas bill would allow for the purchase of land acquired by eminent domain.

A number of jurisdictions have a process in which an owner is entitled to the return of condemned property if a different use than the public use is made of the property within a specified number of years.

A Texas lawmaker on Monday proposed a series of landowner-friendly changes to the state’s eminent domain laws that would make it easier for property owners to buy back land after it was condemned and require more disclosure about progress on planned public projects.

In HB 476, Rep. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, would require the condemner, whether a government entity or private company with eminent domain power, to identify the planned public use for the land, and then allow the former property owner to repurchase the land if....

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