The city is panning in widening the street they are planing to take about 25ft into front yared.?

That means that my car probably would even fit in the drive way. None of my neighbors agree with this. What happens? And what can be done do you have to let them take it.

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  • Anonymous
    3 years ago

    Cities have the right to do this. It's called compulsory purchase. They will compensate you, but nowhere near what they should.

  • glenn
    Lv 7
    3 years ago

    Get people together and go visit city hall. Go to public meetings on the project. Find out details about what they will be doing. Look for any alternative that might work for city and also help you. Spread the word to your neighbors that will also be affected. The commenters are right that usually nothing changes- but the word is usually. A project in my neighborhood ended up being modified (not sure it is much better, but it may be).

  • 3 years ago

    You can fight it, but in the end, you can't stop an Eminent Domain action by government. They can take your land. They must compensate you, but the compensation is not fair compensation 99% of the time. The question is, how much money do you and your neighbors want to spend on lawyers to fight it?

  • 3 years ago

    What the city is doing is called eminent domain. This is a method local, state and the federal governments use to purchase property from citizens that would benefit the local community, state citizen of the community.

    Apparently a survey was taken. This survey deemed it necessary to widen the street to add additional lanes to the existing street for safety reason or to accommodate additional cars that now travel the street.

    Apparently the city has had meetings about the widening of the street. The city does not make decisions unless they have discussed it several times at city counsel meetings. You were probably issued a invitation or the meetings were advertised in the local media, by television and local newspaper.

    You and other citizen failed to attend any city counsel meetings involving the widening of the street and object. Since no one objected to the action, the city counsel approved and passed the measure without objection as no one showed up to object to the widening of the street.

    You are now behind the eight ball as far in reversing the decision of the city counsel. Normally once a measure is passed, with all the legal requirements being met it is difficult to have this measure changed. The time to object was during the city counsel meetings and sessions.

    You might be able to fight this by getting and having those individuals living on the street and affected by this action to sign a partition against the widening of the street. You would present this partition to the individual that represent your counsel district or ward.

    If the city counsel have not made a decision as of you, you should get as many neighbors as possible to attend the next meeting of the city counsel that would speak on the subject of the street widening. You would make your objections known to the city counsel. You might also want to speak with the elected city counsel person from your district or ward and let this person know how you feel.

    I hope this has been of some benefit to you, good luck.

    "FIGHT ON"

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  • 3 years ago

    They take it anyway, and they pay you market value for the land. It's called eminent domain, and there is very little you can do to stop it.

  • Anonymous
    3 years ago

    Baloney to the answer who said u can nor do anything. U call a street meeting, write a letter to the city why u think it is wrong to widen the street, all of u sign and then u gather money and hire an attorney tonstart litigarion with the city.mthey are obligated to read,mdiscuss and answer on every complaint. When they sent u their decision there should be the address where u can complain on the same paper

  • Judy
    Lv 7
    3 years ago

    Eminent domain lets them do this without your agreeing to it.

  • 3 years ago

    You will have no choice in the matter. When the community decides to widen a street, it is for the benefit of the entire community. They WILL reimburse you for the value of the land they take, but you WILL be required to sell it to them.

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