SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down a law limiting the use of “invisible hands” to developers, paving the way for more developers to get the green light to build on undeveloped land.
The court’s ruling Friday overturned a lower court ruling that had allowed the state to use eminent domain to seize land in Santa Fe.
It’s the first time the justices have ruled on eminent domain, which lets state governments seize private property without having to prove that there is a reasonable possibility that the property will be used.
A lawyer for the Santa Fe city council said in a statement that the ruling was “a victory for the people of Santa Fe and for the environment.”
It also allows the city to continue its efforts to develop more than 700 acres in an undevelopment on a parcel it acquired last year.