Lawmaker: No eminent domain without referendum: (Morris County NJ) Daily Record, 10/6/05

By Gregory Volpe

A [New Jersey] state lawmaker wants to forbid municipalities from condemning property for private economic redevelopment without first having a public referendum on the matter.

Assemblyman Patrick J. Diegnan Jr., D-Middlesex, announced Thursday he will introduce a measure this fall requiring public votes on eminent domain. He also wants the state to have to approve all municipal resolutions designating redevelopment areas, some of which can now take effect if the Department of Community Affairs fails to issue an opinion.

"Towns and developers interested in employing eminent domain should be required to seek the approval of families and business owners living in those communities before repossessing properties," Diegnan said.

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