Eminent domain and landowner rights in Oklahoma
Eminent domain is the power of governments and certain private authorities to take or “condemn” private property for public use. When the government / condemning authority takes private property for a public use, the property owner has a constitutional right to receive just compensation. In Oklahoma, just compensation is determined through a unique legal process known as condemnation.
State Agencies such as the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority (OTA) utilize condemnation to acquire private property for roadway improvement projects. Similarly, municipal authorities utilize condemnation to acquire private property for municipal projects, including local transportation, utility easements, and other municipal undertakings.
Decades of unique experience in Oklahoma condemnation
Our firm provides decades of condemnation experience across dozens of cities and counties in Oklahoma, including the following:
- Representing residential and commercial landowners in condemnation proceedings against ODOT and the OTA on roadway improvement projects;
- Representing residential and commercial landowners in condemnation proceedings against local government bodies (e.g. counties, cities & towns) on roadway and utility projects;
- Representing landowners against local government bodies on inverse condemnation claims relating to zoning & development regulations;
- Representing private utility companies in condemnation proceedings across various counties in Oklahoma; and
- Representing private pipeline companies in condemnation proceedings across various counties in Oklahoma.
Securing just compensation for Oklahoma landowners
Drawing on this comprehensive body of work, our attorneys possess a unique blend of skill and experience to help navigate property owners through the condemnation process, and to help secure just, fair and full compensation for your property.
ACCESS Oklahoma Plan Announced in 2022 by OTA
ACCESS Oklahoma is a $5 billion, 15-year long-range plan for roadway improvement projects to be conducted across the state by the OTA. An interactive GIS map showing the program’s preliminary alignments and locations can be found at the following link: https://www.accessoklahoma.com.
If you believe the OTA plans to acquire a portion of your property in connection with these upcoming projects – or if a government body is otherwise seeking to acquire your property for a public project – call us at 405-232-0080 to schedule a consultation.