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Institute For Justice Returns to CT to Defeat Eminent Domain Abuse

IJ’s activism team has been on the ground in West Haven, Connecticut, since July 2015, when it heard about a Texas developer’s proposed plans for the “Haven South.” The plan calls for land to be acquired by the city and transferred to the developers so a large chunk of the West Haven waterfront (currently devoted to mixed commercial and residential uses) can be turned into an outdoor shopping mall.

Like New London, West Haven promises that the plan will create jobs and bring in revenue through property taxes, but it is not clear that the project will even be built. The developer has not yet secured its zoning permits, and it has no plans to build for at least another year.

Handing over property to a private developer is not a public use. In September, IJ sued West Haven and its redevelopment agency to stop them from making the same mistake that New London made a decade ago. This case puts IJ on a path back to the Connecticut Supreme Court so that the state can reconsider the Kelo decision and stem the tide of eminent domain abuse across the U.S.

The Institute for Justice helps property owners who are impacted by a project where the Government is using eminent domain, then handing the property to a developer. The projects are never considered public use, so they are usually pushed through using the term “blight or blighted.”

Read the rest of the story from the Institute for Justice at their website IJ.org


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