The Edison (N.J.) Sentinel reports on the eminent domain limitation initiative on the ballot in Edison Township this November.
"We want to take a stand against the use of eminent domain for the sole purpose of the government taking someone's land and in turn giving that land to a private entity without the consent of the property owner," Mayor Jun Choi said at a press conference last week to announce the ballot question.
However, the township reserves the right to take land away from a private owner for public uses.
"[The ordinance] applies to private economic development purposes," Choi said. "We still reserve the right for public uses, such as a small piece of land where we would put up a traffic light in a dangerous area.
"There are legitimate purposes that support the broader purpose. We want to limit the use of this power for private purposes."