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									            Federal Highway Administration


          Federal Agency Update Symposium
                   January 14, 2009
                  Las Vegas, Nevada
   Marshall Wainright                  David Blakeney
   Realty Specialist                   Realty Officer
   FHWA-Office of Real Estate Services FHWA-AR Division



 Uniform Act Update
The Uniform Act - the next 20 years. A discussion of where we
are now, innovations, needs and where we see ourselves in
the future.
      Federal Highway Administration
           Uniform Act Update

           Today’s Agenda
 Brief Uniform Act Update History
 Current Uniform Act Update Proposals
 Current Uniform Act Update Status
 Current Uniform Act Non-Statutory update
  activities
 Future Uniform Act Non-Statutory update
  activities
 Comments and questions
                              Federal Highway Administration
                                   Uniform Act Update
                               URA Regulation Timeline
                     The Uniform Relocation Assistance
                     and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970
                     Pub. L. 91-646




                                                                         Unified Rule -- 1989




                                                                                                                  Amended -- 1999
                                                                                                Amended -- 1993
Law Signed -- 1971




                     Federal Agencies             Interim Rule -- 1985
                       issued their
                         own rule
                      Federal Highway Administration
                           Uniform Act Update
        URA Regulation Timeline (cont.)
The Uniform Relocation Assistance
and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970
Pub. L. 91-646

                      Research




                                       Rule Updated -- 2005
  Symposium -- 2001

                      studies, scans
                      & National
                      listening
                      sessions --
                      2001-2006
      Federal Highway Administration
           Uniform Act Update
Office of Real Estate Services (HEPR) Plan
 Update regulation
   Identify statutory update needs
     FHWA Executive Briefing
 Pursue statutory update
   Convene Interagency working group
     Identify needs that can be met by alternative
      means
     Develop update proposal
     Circulate Proposal
     Proposal to OMB
 Revise regulation
       Federal Highway Administration
            Uniform Act Update
   Research and Outreach Results
 More than 50 potential changes to Uniform
  Act suggested
 775 comments received during NPRM for 49
  CFR part 24
 More than 180 comments received during
  National Listening sessions
 Several Research activities identified need
  for change
 Anecdotal support and identification of
  needed change at numerous meetings
     Federal Highway Administration
          Uniform Act Update

  Uniform Act Proposal Objectives

Meet modern needs

Clarify present requirements

Improve Services
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           Uniform Act Update
General Proposed Uniform Act Changes
Increased Statutory Limits
Modified Homeowner’s
 Occupancy Requirements
Enhanced Reporting Requirement

Enhanced Uniform Act Services
       Federal Highway Administration
            Uniform Act Update
       Increased Statutory Limits
 Residential housing payments
  • $31,000 (owner/occupant) and $7,200
    (tenant)
 Business Reestablishment payments
  • $25,000
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        Increased Statutory Limits
 Residential housing payments
  • $31,000 (owner/occupant) and $7,200
    (tenant)
 Business Reestablishment payments
  • $25,000
 Lump Sum: in lieu of payments
  • $40,000
 Indexing
  • Allows administration and Congress to
    focus on priority items and ensures limits
    are current
        Federal Highway Administration
             Uniform Act Update
      Virginia Business Reestablishment

100
 90
 80           Claims $15,000 or less
 70
 60           Statutory maximum
 50           claims, $25,000
 40           Total Claims
 30
 20
             Average Claim Cost = $21,000


 10
  0
            FY 03 through FY 05
                                            ``
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           Uniform Act Update
       Modify Homeowner’s
      Occupancy Requirements
 Provide enhanced assistance to
  homeowners
 Reduce administrative burden
 Streamline program
 Negligible program costs
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            Uniform Act Update
   Enhanced Reporting Requirement

 Agencies would collect information on
  program activity annually

 Lead Agency would receive annual
  reports and prepare OMB report
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            Uniform Act Update
     Enhanced Uniform Act Services
 Enhanced
   Coordintation
   Assistance
   Monitoring
   Research
   Training
 Meet future needs
         Federal Highway Administration
              Uniform Act Update
           Current Uniform Act
          Non-statutory Activities
 Turbo Relocation
 Fixed-rate mortgage calculator
 Tools to address negative equity (“upside-
  down” or “underwater”) situations
 Mortgage interest differential (MIDP) Q&As
  added to Uniform Act FAQs
  (http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/realestate/ua/uafaqs.htm)
 Reverse mortgages
 2008 Right-of-Way and Utilities (ROWU)
  International Scanning Tour
                   Federal Highway Administration
                        Uniform Act Update

Right-of-Way and Utilities (ROWU) International Scanning Tour
                      Australia - Canada




                    September 4-19, 2008
       Federal Highway Administration
            Uniform Act Update
2008 Australia-Canada International Scan
         Overarching Themes
 Promote non-adversarial solutions to right-of-
  way acquisition while respecting property
  rights
 Improve working relationships with utility
  industry at all levels
 Explore and promote the Alliance contract
  approach
 Organize right-of-way and utility community to
  implement scan ideas
        Federal Highway Administration
             Uniform Act Update
 2008 Australia-Canada International Scan
        Top Implementation Ideas
1. Integrate right-of-way acquisition and utility
   coordination in an alliance contract approach
2. Enhance cooperative relationship with property
   owners to facilitate timely property acquisition
3. Promote visualization techniques to
   communicate anticipated project impacts to
   property owners
4. Develop framework to establish proficiency of
   right-of-way and utility professionals in core
   disciplines
         Federal Highway Administration
              Uniform Act Update
 2008 Australia-Canada International Scan
     Top Implementation Ideas (cont.)
5. Promote incentive-based reimbursement for
     utility relocations
6.   Pursue strategies to facilitate corridor
     preservation
7.   Promote use of multiple-level MOU structure
     among transportation and utility interests
8.   Develop GIS-based right-of-way project and
     asset management systems
9.   Promote the use of best practices in utility
     coordination during the construction phase
      Federal Highway Administration
           Uniform Act Update
         Future Uniform Act
        Non-statutory Activities
 International Scan Implementation &
  Pilot Opportunities
 Research--2009 STEP Opportunities
   Relocation Assistance Retrospective Study
   ROW, Design Build & Acquisition Models
   ROW Competency Navigator & Capacity
    Building
   Outreach and Information Dissemination
    Programs
 Proposed FHWA training courses
Federal Highway Administration
     Uniform Act Update
 Questions or Comments?
               Federal Highway Administration
                    Uniform Act Update
                       Contacts
     Marshall Wainright, Realty Specialist
     FHWA Office of Real Estate Services
     1200 New Jersey Ave, SE
     Washington, DC 20590
     Marshall.Wainright@dot.gov
                               David Blakeney, Realty Officer
                               FHWA Arkansas Division Office
                               700 West Capital Ave, Suite 313
Gerald Solomon, Director       Little Rock, AR 72201
FHWA Office of Real Estate
                               David.Blakeney@dot.gov
Services
1200 New Jersey Ave, SE
Washington, DC 20590
Gerald.Solomon@dot.gov
   Federal Highway Administration


  Federal Agency Update Symposium
           January 14, 2009
          Las Vegas, Nevada


Uniform Act Update
   THANK YOU!

								
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