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Telluride's Tale Of Eminent Domain, Home Rule, And Retroactivity, Richard B. Collins Jan 2009

Telluride's Tale Of Eminent Domain, Home Rule, And Retroactivity, Richard B. Collins

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Telluride, Colorado, won an eminent domain battle with San Diego billionaire Neal Blue, but only after paying his price and his attorney's fees. The town passed a condemnation ordinance by popular initiative to take 572 acres adjacent to the town. The landowner obtained a state statute intended to forbid the town's action. The trial judge held the statute invalid under Colorado's constitutional home rule amendment. Town officials negotiated a compromise with the landowner, but its voters rejected it. The valuation trial was moved to a neighboring county much more favorable to the landowner, and the jury gave ...