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Richmond’s Eminent Domain Plan Moves Another Step Forward. At a city council meeting on Tuesday, there was heated debate over the plan, which would allow the city to use eminent domain to seize underwater mortgages and prevent foreclosures. Going late into the evening, the Richmond City Council eventually voted 4-2 to set up new guidelines for the anti-foreclosure project.

The state Senate approved the amendment 23 to 17, and the House of Delegates passed the measure with an 80 to 18 vote. eminent domain snapped into the public conscious back in 2005 when the U.S..

Here, for example, the eminent domain program will never proceed if any three members of the Richmond City Council vote against the plan. Until the panel votes to adopt the plan by a supermajority vote, the litigation is too uncertain to establish an active threat of litigation such that the case is.

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Richmond’s city council is only one vote short of the supermajority needed to pursue the eminent domain plan, and it is seeking partners in a Joint Powers Authority that will make the push much stronger. Grassroots efforts to pursue eminent domain are also underway in a number of other cities around the country.

City council members opposed to the plan said that using eminent domain would put Richmond at risk of expensive lawsuits that could destroy the city’s finances as well as tightened and more.

Kelo v. City of New London, 545 U.S. 469 (2005), was a case decided by the Supreme Court of. The court also ruled that the government's delegation of its eminent domain.. The proposed hotel-retail-condo "urban village" has not been built.. so did one of the Connecticut Supreme Court Justices who voted for the city.

 · Any vote to seize assets through eminent domain requires a supermajority of the council, per state law, meaning that five of Richmond’s seven council members would need to agree.