Eminent Domain: Condemnation Damages Waiver in Subdivision Plat Binds Successor in Title

The Virginia Supreme Court handed down a unanimous decision on April 28, 2016, in the case of City of Chesapeake v. Dominion Securityplus Self Storage, L.L.C., No. 150328, 2016 Va. LEXIS 56. (Justice Jane Marum Roush participated in the appellate hearing, but not the Court’s six-member decision.) Justice Cleo E. Powell authored the Court’s opinion, and employed traditional contract interpretation principles to decide the case. The decision reversed the Chesapeake Circuit Court’s award of damages to a landowner following the City of Chesapeake’s (“the City”) taking of land for highway improvements. In 2001, the predecessors in title to Dominion Securityplus Self Storage, L.L.C. (“Dominion”

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