February 22, 2012
Last summer, city officials in Alexandria announced they were considering taking some of the land owned by the Old Dominion Boat Club through eminent domain. They later backed down, although the constitutional amendment could have made the process more difficult.
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Measure will allow property owners to seek damages for loss of profits and access.
Nowhere is the debate about eminent domain more intense than the foot of King Street in Alexandria, where city officials threatened to take land owned by the Old Dominion Boat Club using the power of eminent domain for flood mitigation.
Opinions are divided as to what kind of influence the amendment could have if passed.
This fall, voters across Virginia will be confronted with a hotly debated amendment to the Virginia Constitution that seeks to limit the ability of local governments to use the power of eminent domain.