40 U.S. Code § 8731 - Acquiring land for park, parkway, or playground purposes
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(a) Authority To Acquire Land.— The National Capitol Planning Commission shall acquire land the Planning Commission believes is necessary and desirable in the District of Columbia and adjacent areas in Maryland and Virginia for suitable development of the National Capital park, parkway, and playground system. The acquisition must be within the limits of the appropriations made for those purposes. The Planning Commission shall request the advice of the Commission of Fine Arts in selecting land to be acquired.
(b) How Land May Be Acquired.—
(1) Purchase or condemnation proceeding.— The National Capital Planning Commission may buy land when the land can be acquired at a price the Planning Commission considers reasonable or by a condemnation proceeding when the land cannot be bought at a reasonable price.
(2) Land in the district of columbia.— A condemnation proceeding to acquire land in the District of Columbia shall be conducted in accordance with section 1 of the Act of December 23, 1963 (Public Law 88–241, 77 Stat. 571).
(c) Control of Land.—
(1) Land in the district of columbia.— Land acquired in the District of Columbia shall be a part of the park system of the District of Columbia and be under the control of the Director of the National Park Service. The National Capital Planning Commission may assign areas suitable for playground purposes to the control of the Mayor of the District of Columbia for playground purposes.
Source(Pub. L. 107–217, Aug. 21, 2002, 116 Stat. 1224.)
|Revised Section||Source (U.S. Code)||Source (Statutes at Large)|
|8731(a)||40:72 (1st, 4th sentences).||June 6, 1924, ch. 270, § 11, formerly § 2, 43 Stat. 463; renumbered § 11, July 19, 1952, ch. 949, § 2 (1st sentence), 66 Stat. 791.|
|8731(b)||40:72 (2d, 3d sentence).|
|8731(c)||40:73 (3d–last sentences).||June 6, 1924, ch. 270, § 12 (3d–last sentences), formerly § 3 (3d–last sentences), 43 Stat. 463; renumbered § 12, July 19, 1952, ch. 949, § 2 (1st sentence), 66 Stat. 791.|
|8731(d)||40:72 (last sentence).|
In subsection (a), the words “or a majority thereof” are omitted as unnecessary.
In subsection (b)(2), the words “section 1 of the Act of December 23, 1963 (Public Law 88–241, 77 Stat. 572)” are substituted for 40:72 (2d sentence words after “in accordance with”) because provisions in section 3 of the Act of August 30, 1890 (ch. 837, 26 Stat. 412), established the act as permanent and general. The act therefore was classified to 40:120, which was superseded by the Act of March 1, 1929 (ch. 416, 45 Stat. 1415), which was classified to 40:361 et seq. That law was repealed by section 21(b) of the Act of December 23, 1963 (Public Law 88–241, 77 Stat. 627), with the subject matter of those sections being restated in section 1 of that Act.
In subsection (b)(3), the words “either by purchase or condemnation proceedings” and “as to acquisition and payment for the lands as it shall determine upon” are omitted as unnecessary.
In subsection (c)(1), the words “Director of the National Park Service” are substituted for “Chief of Engineers of the United States Army” [subsequently changed to “Director of Public Buildings and Public Parks” by section 3 of the Act of February 26, 1925 (ch. 339, 43 Stat. 983)] because of section 1(words before 3d comma in 2d complete par. on p. 389) of the Act of March 2, 1934 (ch. 38, 48 Stat. 389).
In subsection (c)(2), the words “in Maryland or Virginia” are substituted for “outside the District of Columbia” for clarity and for consistency in this section. The words “such agreements to be subject to the approval of the President” are omitted because of 40:72 (last sentence), restated as subsection (d).
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