Real Estate & Property Law
Seizure of Unproductive Land Blocked
Posted Jun 13, 2007 1:17 PM CST
By Debra Cassens Weiss
The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled today that local governments may not seize land merely because it is unproductive and could be put to better use.
The court said the state constitution permits seizure of land for redevelopment only if it is blighted, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Supreme Court Chief Justice James Zazzali wrote the opinion for the court in Gallenthin Realty Development Inc. v. Borough of Paulsboro, No. A-51-2006 (PDF).
A hat tip to How Appealing, which posted news of the ruling.