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Section 3: Informational Notice to Owners Required (for State and LPA)

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Procedure

Federal regulations require that property owners be notified of TxDOT's interest in acquiring right of way. Property owners must also be informed of basic protections provided to them by law, and of TxDOT regulations and procedures.

Provide notice after the project is released for acquisition, and schedule this to provide favorable relations with property owners. The notice may be given before or at pre-appraisal contact. For information, see Negotiation Contacts and Reports (for State) and for Negotiation Contacts and Reports (for LPA).

The notice should be understandable and should include the name and telephone number of a TxDOT representative. Property owners unable to read or understand the notice must be given appropriate translation and counseling. Furnish TxDOT's booklet, "State Right of Way Purchase," or "The Purchase of Right of Way" (for LPAs), which briefly explain the right of way acquisition process to property owners, with this informational notice. This notice is not the same as the relocation assistance notice discussed in Notices and Contacts with Displacees. Form ROW N-INTO, Informational Notice to Owner, is available.

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