There's a saying that progress waits for no person, and that can certainly seems to be the case when influential people or businesses develop a plan to profit off of property somewhere. Plans to construct anything from a school to a road will often require the acquisition of multiple parcels of property, which can complicate the process.
Under eminent domain laws, which emanate from the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution, private property cannot be seized by the government for public use "without just compensation." However, there are times when landowners don't receive compensation. It's called inverse condemnation.