The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court recently ruled that PennDOT met its burden to condemn agricultural property for a project in Lebanon County. In Dept. of Transp. v. Agricultural Lands Condemnation Approval Board, PennDOT sought to condemn productive agricultural lands for a transportation use. Pursuant to the Farmland Protection Policy Act, the Agricultural Lands Condemnation Approval Board considered the PennDOT project. It found that PennDOT did not prove that there was no reasonable and prudent alternative to the alternative selected by PennDOT and denied PennDOT’s request to use its condemnation power to acquire the lands. On appeal, the Commonwealth Court reversed holding that the Board acted capriciously and ignored overwhelming evidence that there was no reasonable and prudent alternative to the condemnation of the lands.
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