Appendix A: Eminent Domain Guide

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Section 1: Preface

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Overview

The objective of this guide is to facilitate the ROW program office in Austin training efforts for ED proceedings by providing ROW personnel with a concise, easy to follow guide which sets out procedures and time lines of ED activities and requirements. With this objective in mind, checklists, court papers with helpful suggestions and cross-referencing within the Right of Way Manuals are included. The goal is for a relatively inexperienced ROW agent to proceed through a not too complex ED situation from the decision to condemn to parcel acquisition, with a minimum of outside guidance and direction. Users should recognize this guide does not cover all situations, inasmuch as no guide can be all encompassing without becoming unnecessarily involved, weighty and therefore probably unusable. Since the ED process of itself is dynamic in nature, change will occur and the experienced ROW agent will recognize this and always seek the advice of the ROW program office in Austin and/or the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) before proceeding with an action which could jeopardize an ED acquisition procedure.

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