Appropriation or Condemnation, It Means Eminent Domain
When the government and public utilities use a number of different terms when they take private property from Ohio landowners. Terms such as "appropriation," "condemnation," and "eminent domain" all mean the same thing - private property is being taken involuntarily. In learning about eminent domain, here are some important terms to know:
Condemning Authority - This term refers to a government or private entity that has the power to take private property by eminent domain. This can be a government agency, such as the Ohio Department of Transportation, or a public utility, such as Columbia Gas.
Petition to Appropriate - This term refers to the legal document that a Condemning Authority must file with the Court in order to commence and eminent domain case.