Using eminent domain on a ranch

Washoe County, NV, where Reno is located, is going to court in its attempt to use eminent domain to seize a gigantic ranch near the city to preserve it for open space. Story here. “This is really the last of the large ranches near town that has not been developed with houses,” Chapman said, arguing the land should be protected as open space and parkland providing access to the forested mountains to the west. . . . The action, criticized at the time as “galloping socialism” by Evans Creek representatives, came after talks on the county’s possible acquisition of the ranch stalled amid huge disagreement over the land’s value.