• Eminent Domain
  • October 28, 2013 | Author: R. Scott Alagood
  • Law Firm: Alagood & Cartwright, P.C. - Denton Office
  • In Denton County alone, there are numerous major transportation projects involving billions of dollars. The I-35 expansion project alone is projected to spend upwards of $5 billion over the next 10-15 years. When you include the everyday street and utility projects, high voltage power lines, natural gas pipelines, and water district facilities, almost every area of Denton County has some type of on-going public project. What do each of these projects have in common with each other? The answer is the private property that must be taken in order to accommodate the public use. Eminent domain is the legal concept that authorizes the taking of private property for a public use through the payment of just compensation and the process by which such taking occurs.