Millville approves restrictions on eminent domain: The Press of Atlantic City NJ, 12/7/06

By Saba Ali

[Millville NJ] City Commission passed a resolution to restrict the use of eminent domain Tuesday night.

The resolution stated that the city will not use eminent domain toward the “condemnation of owner-occupied, single-family residential dwelling units,” an issue that has sparked concern with local residents.

Millville First, a local group of citizens concerned with how development is affecting taxes in the city, is currently collecting signatures for a petition that bans the use of eminent domain unless for public use such as roadways.

The group has collected more than half the signatures required to force city officials to either create an ordinance against eminent domain or put the issue on the ballot for a vote.

Encouraged by the resolution, Millville First member Robert Tesoroni Jr. stated that while the city is taking small steps in the right direction, it still has much further to go in order to protect residents from having their homes taken from them.

Those who are living in rental units owned by landlords are not covered by the resolution, Tesoroni pointed out.

Mayor Jim Quinn said that resolution was put into place to assure residents who own their homes that they are protected and to increase homeownership in the neighborhoods.

The Press of Atlantic City NJ: http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com