Eminent Domain at Issue on Virginia's Ballot

A controversial Virginia ballot measure to limit eminent domain use has gone without much notice. Michael Rodriguez, a local transportation planner, argues against this measure.

Virginia Question 1 is a ballot measure for a constitutional amendment that would limit the use of eminent domain for any economic development purposes, as well as require new types of compensation to property owners for lost access and lost profits. This amendment would make all infrastructure more expensive, argues Michael Rodriguez, AICP. It would inhibit public-private partnerships, and make projects like the DC-area Silver Line expansion to Dulles Airport more difficult.

Thanks to Michael Rodriguez

Full Story: VA question 1: Bad for infrastructure, bad for communities

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