In the case of Kelo v. the City of New London, the Supreme Court ruled that the Connecticut city could acquire land by eminent domain to make way for a private commercial development project that implements the city’s economic development plan. Regardless of how this controversial decision is applied, the case has raised public awareness about, and legislators’ willingness to address, eminent domain. Against this backdrop, there is an opportunity for farmland protection advocates to curb condemnation that could result in, or spur, farmland conversion.
Much Ado About Kelo: Eminent Domain and Farmland Protection
Jennifer Dempsey & Ben Kurtzman
Washington, DC: American Farmland Trust
December 01, 2005
California, Massachusetts, National, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Utah
Agricultural Districts, Conservation Easements, Eminent Domain, Farmland Loss Mitigation, Federal Farmland Protection Policies & Programs