Right of way acquisition is a complex and often misunderstood process that is essential to the successful completion of many infrastructure projects. Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about right of way acquisition that can lead to delays, complications, and even project failure. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the most common misconceptions about right of way acquisition and provide tips on how to avoid them.
Misconception #1: Right of way acquisition is a one-time process
It is common to think right of way acquisition is a one-time process that is completed once a parcel of land has been acquired. However, right of way acquisition is an ongoing process that involves the acquisition, management, and maintenance of land rights throughout the lifetime of a project. It is important to understand that right of way acquisition is an ongoing process that requires ongoing management and maintenance.
Misconception #2: Right of way acquisition is only about buying land
Another common misconception is that right of way acquisition is only about buying land. However, right of way acquisition also includes the acquisition of easements, discharge of liens or subordination of mortgages, and other land rights that are necessary for a project. In addition, it also includes the relocation of property owners, tenants and businesses that are affected by the project.
Misconception #3: Right of way acquisition is a straightforward process
Do not believe that right of way acquisition is an uncomplicated process that can be completed quickly and easily. However, the process of acquiring land rights can be complex and time-consuming, involving research, negotiations with multiple parties, legal and regulatory requirements, and community engagement.
Misconception #4: Right of way acquisition is only the responsibility of the project developer
Some people believe that right of way acquisition is only the responsibility of the project developer, and that the project developer is solely responsible for acquiring the land rights necessary for the project. However, right of way acquisition is a collaborative process that involves the participation of multiple parties, including government agencies, engineering firms, property owners, tenants, and other stakeholders.
To avoid these misconceptions, it is important to have a thorough understanding of the right of way acquisition process and the various stakeholders involved. It is also important to work with experienced right of way professionals like ORC, who have the knowledge and expertise to navigate the complexities of the process and ensure that all necessary land rights are acquired in a timely and cost-effective manner. Since 1969, ORC has acquired more than $3.5B in land for clients.
Right of way acquisition is a complex process that requires a thorough understanding of the process and the various stakeholders involved. By being aware of common misconceptions, and working with experienced right of way professionals, it is possible to avoid delays and complications and ensure the successful completion of your infrastructure project.