Why Does Eminent Domain Exist in North Carolina?

If you’re learning about eminent domain, it’s likely because you’re facing condemnation of your property. This sudden onset of events can be jarring, but the more you inform yourself of the condemnation process, the more authority you have over your land and your eminent domain case. Learning about the historical utilization of eminent domain in North Carolina can be beneficial to understand how it applies to you today. 

The History of the Federal Use of Eminent Domain

The U.S. government has used eminent domain for over a century to acquire land and property for public use on the stipulation that the owner is provided just compensation. It has allowed the government to acquire property to facilitate transportation, construct public buildings, supply water, and aid in defense preparation.

In addition, eminent domain has been used to establish parks, set aside space for future generations, protect nature and other environmentally vulnerable areas, and preserve places of historical interest. In fact, one of the most prominent parks in the country, Rock Creek National Park – twice the size of New York City’s Central Park – was created through eminent domain and remains one of the most-loved national parks in the middle of an otherwise urban backdrop of Washington, D.C. 

Eminent Domain Projects in North Carolina

In North Carolina, there are several ongoing projects which impact property owners across the state. Following the signing of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, North Carolina has received the necessary funds to move forward with a majority of these construction projects.

Some active projects in North Carolina include:

Road widenings such as NC 45 from US 17 to Southern City Limits of ColerainNC 55 Wiliams Street, and NC 211.

Intersection improvements like NC 54 (East Harden St) and NC 49 (East Elm St) and U.S. 258/NC 24/NC 23 in Jacksonville.

A 26-mile LYNX Silver Line light rail in the City of Charlotte. 

New extensions and express lanes on Naco RoadNC 540, and U.S. 74.

To learn more about eminent domain in North Carolina, and how it applies to your property, check out our eminent domain FAQ page or contact our firm to speak with one of our eminent domain and land condemnation attorneys.

Protecting Your Property. Protecting Your Rights.

If you are a business owner and have received notice from the government or another entity about the seizure of your property, contact the eminent domain lawyers at Henson Fuerst. We’ll help you understand your legal options and guide you through the entire condemnation process. 

Contact us today for a free legal consultation by filling out and submitting the form below or calling our office toll-free at 919-781-1107.