Effective Date: May 14, 2013
This bill alters the language § 78B-6-501, the list of uses for which eminent domain may be exercised. Specifically, the amendment moves the term “development” from subsections 7 and 9, and places them in subsections 3(b) and 3(e). The remaining language of subsections 7 and 9 is unchanged. Those subsections purportedly would authorize a private property owner to use eminent domain to compel transfer of a byroad to a residence or farm; or sewer service to a city or settlement, a public building, or college. The additions to subsection 3 are effectively same as the previous language removed from subsections 7 and 9.
The bill also requires the Office of the Property Rights Ombudsman to provide current information about acquisition of property for a public purpose and a property owner’s right to just compensation. This information is to be made “easily accessible” in printed form and on the Ombudsman’s website.