Eminent Domain Notice Requirements Sent to Governor

Substitute House Bill 1458, which sets new rules for how government entities must notify landowners prior to taking a condemnation action under eminent domain, is on its way to the Governor. Under the bill notice must be made at least 15 days prior a final action on condemnation and be issued by certified mail to all property owners of record. The notice must contain a general description of the property, and specify that condemnation will be considered during the final action or public meeting. The notice must also describe the date, time, and location of the final action at which the condemnor will decide whether to authorize the condemnation of the property.

Governor Gregoire is expected to sign the bill.