TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Legal Research Digest 56: The Ramifications of Post-Kelo Legislation on State Transportation Projects explores the consequences of legislation enacted by state legislatures that limits the use of eminent domain in response to the 2005 United States Supreme Court case of Kelo v. the City of New London, where the Court held that the use of eminent domain to take nonblighted, private property for a city-approved, privately implemented economic development plan was constitutional.
The report examines how state legislation has affected the use of eminent domain for economic development, for condemning blighted and nonblighted property, and for restricting transfers of condemned property to private parties. The report also examines how states have legislatively redefined the concept of "public use."
National Research Council. NCHRP Legal Research Digest 56: The Ramifications of Post-Kelo Legislation on State Transportation Projects. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2012.
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