No land shall be purchased for public cemeteries within two hundred yards of a dwelling house without the consent, in writing, of the owner of the tract of land on which such house is situated. If the consent, in writing, of the owner of the tract of land on which such house is situated cannot be obtained, the municipal corporation may appropriate such land for the establishment of a cemetery or for the enlargement of any existing cemetery, within two hundred yards of such house, by making the owner of the house a party to all proceedings and actions for such appropriation. The appropriation shall be made according to sections 163.01 to 163.22, inclusive, of the Revised Code, and the amount of damages to which such owner is entitled by reason of locating a cemetery within two hundred yards of such house, shall be determined by the appropriation proceedings.
In the appropriation proceedings the damage to the remainder of the land of such owner shall be determined and included in the amount of damages. For the purpose of making a necessary enlargement of an existing cemetery, any municipal corporation which owns or acquires, by purchase, any lands suitable for such enlargement, may so devote and use such lands if they are not less than one hundred feet or the width of an existing street or intervening alley distant from any house. The addition of any land across a street or public road shall not be considered an enlargement of an existing cemetery under this section.
Effective Date: 01-01-1966 .