Land Value Dilemma
September/October 2007

In November 2006, Arizona voters approved Proposition 207, the Private Property Rights Protection Act initiative. This measure changes Arizona law in regard to controlling the government’s right to use its eminent domain authority to acquire property that ends up used for private development.

In order to better understand the changes to Prop 207, and what to do about them, below outlines a few key areas property owners need to know about.

New Legal Claim for Compensation. Although Prop 207 tightens up Arizona’s existing eminent domain statutes, its greater impact lies in the second part of the initiate legislation—creating a new legal claim for compensation from government if a new land use law directly diminishes the fair market value of property. 

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