The 5th Amendment to the United States Constitution grants government the ability to take private property for public use so long as just compensation is provided. This power is more commonly referred to as Eminent Domain. While Scott County makes every reasonable effort to avoid the need to acquire property through eminent domain, it is sometimes necessary. There are many laws which also protect the rights of private property owners in this process.
If you own land adjacent to a County Road and are interested in selling some or all of your property to another buyer, Please contact us! The County is always interested in purchasing right-of-way for future roadway needs. Acquiring the property at the time of sale prevents the need for Eminent Domain acquisition later on, and can save both the County and the property owner considerable time and money.
If you have any questions regarding the acquisition process in Scott County, please contact Randy Ronning, Scott County's Right-of-Way Agent, at 952-496-8364.