Eminent Domain, Condemnation and Land Disputes
When the government condemns property for public use through eminent domain, a property owner is always concerned about receiving compensation for the actual value of the property taken, as well as severance damages to the part not taken. The government’s interest is to pay the minimum value for the land it needs. To protect the rights of the property owner, land use lawyers can assist in establishing both the existing and reasonably achievable levels of zoning entitlement to more accurately determine the true value of the property.
Earl & Curley is often sought out for its expertise in Arizona land use and zoning law. Our attorneys work with lawyers for the property owner to determine the highest potential value of the land being condemned. We have testified as land use experts in many condemnation trials on behalf of property owners.
Determining the Value of Property
The firm provides expert testimony and analysis for condemnation cases, as well as land valuation for contractual matters. We are continually ranked as one of the top land use law firms in the Phoenix Valley. Our founding attorneys each have more than 25 years of experience in real estate and land use law. Working with our on-staff urban planning professionals, they are able to determine the fair market value of property and identify potential for higher zoning entitlements.
Typical condemning agencies include cities and counties, railroads and light rails, airports, the department of transportation, utilities and water departments, and schools. Our attorneys will perform a zoning analysis of the property to ascertain not only its approved existing zoning, but the reasonably achievable zoning for which the property is suited. We then serve as an expert witness on zoning for the property owner.
To discuss expert testimony for land use matters, please call 602-903-3077 or contact usonline.