La. R.S. § 48:2098 - Acquisition of lands and property

Cite as:La. R.S. § 48:2098
Currency:Current with changes from the 2019 Legislative Session through Act 448

A. For the purposes of this Chapter, the commission may acquire private or public property and property rights by donation, purchase, exchange, or eminent domain proceedings, as the commission may deem necessary for any commission purpose in the transportation corridor designated by the commission.

B. In the acquisition of land and property rights, the commission may acquire an entire lot, block, or tract of land, if, by so doing, the acquisition cost to the commission will be equal to or less than the cost of acquiring only that portion of the property thereof necessary for the project. This Subsection is a specific recognition that this means of limiting the rising costs of such property acquisition is a public purpose and that, without this limitation, the viability of many public projects will be threatened.

C. The commission may sell, lease, or otherwise dispose of all or any portion of a project, provided that the sale, lease, or other disposition of a state-designated project shall require department approval. Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, any surplus property may be sold in accordance with procedures adopted by the commission that maximize the price received for such property provided that, notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, whenever any surplus property is acquired by the commission by eminent domain proceedings, the commission first shall offer to sell whatever rights it acquired back to the original owner or his successors in title, at the fair market value or at the original price paid, whichever is less.

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