In our county, as well as 2 others, we have a protected area centered on a major river. It is statutorily protected for development of a rural nature only. Over the last couple years, a panel appointed by the governor proposed development standards, including acquisition of certain sensitive lands, for the area, which were adopted by the state.
Owners of one 1500-acre site agreed to the development/purchase restrictions, and are now seeking a rezoning for increased density from an adjacent county, after being turned down by an abutting city. The P&Z has recommended denial, the community and regional newspaper are up in arms. The state says if the site is rezoned, they won't be able to buy it.
The question: I hear so much about eminent domain being abused, to force property owners to relinquish their land so a government can turn properties over to a private developer. What about the same use for environmental preservation? Has this occurred anywhere that you Cyburbians are aware of?