Austin Local News
Report shows cities can take property owner land
A new report shows Texas property owners have little legal protection from regulatory takings by cities. Certain groups are calling on the state legislature to better protect Texan’s property rights. Policy analyst Kathleen Hunker says the Private Real Property Preservation Act was passed to demand governments compensate an individual when their rights were restricted, however cities were not included, which means local governments essentially have Carte Blanche authority to halt, alter, and even eliminate, without compensation, an individual’s right to use and profit from their property. She says without the right to use land how you wish, it has little value.