ALLARD TO INTRODUCE PINON CANYON EMINENT DOMAIN LEGISLATION
U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard (R-Colo.), announced today that he plans to introduce legislation next month that will prohibit the Army from acquiring land through eminent domain for the expansion of the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site.
"In spite of the Army's continued commitment to acquire the land for expansion only from willing sellers, there is still apprehension among the land owners and I want to help ease that concern," said Allard. "The Army cannot rescind on their promise and I will seek to pass legislation when the Senate returns in September that will take the possibility of eminent domain completely off the table."
Allard has advocated that discussions between the Army and landowners in the area continue to go forward, but will aim to pass the legislation to codify crucial protection of property rights.
"Property rights go both ways. A landowner should have the right to either keep or sell their land if they so choose," said Allard. "If there are willing sellers in the area of the proposed expansion, the win-win situation we have all sought can be realized."
Last year, as a part of the Fiscal Year 2008 Defense Authorization Act, Allard helped include language that required the Army to submit a report to Congress outlining their justification for the expansion of the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site.
"I was very pleased with the Army's findings in the report and I am convinced that there is a critical need for additional training space for the new troops set to arrive at Fort Carson in the near future," concluded Allard.