In a victory for private property rights, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that local governments can't seize land against the owner's wishes simply because the property is underused.
Property Rights Victory in Eminent Domain Debate
Over the last decade the small industrial town of Paulsboro has been courting redevelopment, and in 2003, it included the property on a redevelopment plan, setting the stage for acquisition through eminent domain... The court ruled unanimously that only "blighted" areas are authorized under the state Constitution, and that the Legislature did not intend for eminent domain to be used when the sole basis is that the property is "not fully productive."
Iron Triangle owners, take notes.