Municipalities are granted under expropriation legislation, the power to expropriate. Expropriation is a tool that local governments have at their disposal that is rarely utilized as efficiently as it could be. DD West LLP is proud to have assisted numerous local governments in planning land, building and public utility acquisitions through expropriation and often with the consent of the landowners themselves.
Municipalities must ensure that expropriations are done in good faith for proper purposes and uses and they are not done to thwart actions or intended uses by other parties. As the face of your community changes, the local government must have a plan to replace infrastructure, mitigate natural disasters or transition private assets to public uses. Whether you require a voluntary buyout program, a consent expropriation, or an expropriation without consent, contact our Expropriation Law group for a consultation on your specific needs.