Protections for older, run-down or impoverished neighborhoods and stronger leverage for property owners whose land is targeted for development were endorsed by the House on Wednesday, with more restrictions on eminent-domain moving through legislature.
New legislation would require that governmental entities would have to meet a stiffer criteria before they can declare a property "blighted." The entities could only declare one property "blighted" at a time, instead of entire areas.
The legislation is sending a strong message to the city of Dallas and the Foundation for Community Development which a few months ago was considering a push for stronger eminent-domain powers including declaring entire areas "blighted."
-While this goes through the Legislature, be not shocked if nothing comes out to protect individual rights. The Strength of the lobbying organizations in the Legislature can be so great that the protection of individual rights will all to often be trampled. However, some states have truly been serious about the process and have legislative fair protection for owners. Hopefully Texas will follow the course!