Under State and Federal Law, certain governmental bodies may take private property for a public purpose under eminent domain. Constitutional and statutory protections exist which ensure that private citizens are properly compensated when their land is taken for a public purpose.
A taking of private property by eminent domain may not involve a physical, detectable presence on that property. For example, the activities of a condemning authority on adjacent property may permanently damage or impact property, even though the ownership of the property does not change.
Even when a small portion of a larger property is taken by eminent domain, Oklahoma law permits landowners to receive compensation for the damage and loss in value suffered by the remainder of the property.
If you have questions or concerns about the effects of eminent domain on your property, we urge you to contact our office immediately at (405) 224-4000.