The Newport Beach City Council may soon join other local governments across the country and limit the power of eminent domain to take private property for commercial development.
Newport Beach City Councilman Keith Curry said Wednesday that he will introduce an ordinance to prohibit the use of eminent domain for the purpose of taking private property and transferring it to another private property owner. He plans to pattern the ordinance after proposed Measure A ? drafted by Orange County Supervisor Chris Norby ? which addresses the same issue and will appear on the June 6 ballot.
"The idea that the city would forcibly take someone's private property for a commercial development, or attempt to close down a church in favor of a department store is repugnant to me and repugnant to Newport Beach citizens," Curry said.