New York Limits Eminent Domain By Private Companies

The new law appears to have been crafted to stop a $1.6 billion power transmission line.

"The new law restricts the use of eminent domain to build certain high-voltage electricity transmission lines, particularly the 190-mile-long proposed line that would run from Utica in upstate New York to the Hudson Valley, and from there into New York City and Long Island."

"By limiting the use of eminent domain, the law would make it hard for the private company planning to build the line, the New York Regional Interconnect, to gain control of the land it needs in 37 towns and villages in seven counties throughout the state."

"The measure signed by Mr. Pataki prohibits private transmission companies from using eminent domain to condemn land. But the criteria in the law are so specific that they appear to apply only to the N.Y.R.I. project."

"The project drew criticism in many towns of the Delaware Valley because both proposed routes touched on or passed through the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River corridor, a picturesque 73-mile stretch of the Delaware River that is home to nesting bald eagles."

Full Story: Pataki Signs Bill Limiting the Use of Eminent Domain To Build High-Voltage Power Lines

Comments

Book cover of the Guide to Graduate Planning Programs 4th Edition

Thinking about Grad School?

New! 4th Edition of the Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs just released.
Starting at $24.95

Prepare for the AICP Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $209
Red necktie with map of Boston

Tie one on to celebrate your city

Choose from over 20 styles of neckties imprinted with detailed city or transit maps.
$44.95

Essential Readings in Urban Planning

Planning on taking the AICP* Exam? Register for Planetizen's AICP * Exam Preparation Course to save $50.
$369 includes free shipping!