As the days approach for California's decisions on Proposition 98 and 99, it is worth looking at how eminent domain has been utilized in other parts of the country to redevelop trailer parks. Protecting property owners from the use of eminent domain and and eliminating rent control are the foci of Proposition 98. The two issues are tangentially related by nature. Certainly, owners of property in California would generally be elated to see both cast aside.
New Jersey is one state that has had extensive legal precedents for the use of eminent domain in mobile home parks. It all started last year, when owners of 2 mobile home parks in Lodi, New Jersey got notice that the town's planning board wanted to declare their property "blighted." The town had intentions, under the Local Redevelopment Housing Law, to revitalize the area with new retail and with a senior housing complex.
New Jersey, a state that has done a lot to contribute to affordable housing law (most notablyRead More