Are you affected by the Brandt Lane Extension road project in Fort Bend County? Condemnation Rights Attorney Philip Hundl describes the project in this video, and he explains why it’s always a good idea for landowners to talk with an experienced attorney before they sign any agreements related to condemnation. If you’d like an appointment with Mr. Hundl, please call or text 800-266-4870. We have offices in Fulshear and Richmond in Fort Bend County.
Summary of the Brandt Lane Extension Video
I like to give updates on new projects that are happening. There are a lot of road expansion projects in Harris County and Fort Bend County. and Wharton County. Fort Bend County is one of the fastest growing counties in Texas. Fort Bend County has quite a few road projects going on like the 1093 Project and the FM 723 Project.
But this particular project I want to talk about is the Brandt Lane Extension. It’s a three-lane concrete roadway with concrete curve and gutter and drainage improvement. Brandt Road exists but there are going to be a couple of stretches that will be new as part of this project. It’s a project that Fort Bend County Precinct 3 is handling.
I often refer to these as TxDot projects because they will comply with the Texas Department of Public Safety. However different local agencies or governmental entities are actually in charge. The entity in charge of this project is Fort Bend County, Precinct 3.
So if you own property along Brandt Road or Brandt Lane you may be affected by this project. You may hear about a road project three, four, or five years before construction actually begins. So I refer to it as a hurry up and stop project. TxDot or the counties will let everyone know about these projects and then nothing happens for a long, long time. And you may think that it’s not going to happen or it may happen in 10 years or 20 years or not in your lifetime. But then all of the sudden the project will come to life.
Steps in the Condemnation Process
Property owners will get a call from a right of way agent or right of way acquisition company asking for access to enter your property to conduct initial surveys. These could be various kinds of surveys: civil engineering surveys, environmental surveys, or appraisals. That’ll be the first contact that you have with the right of way or land acquisition company. Often they just want verbal consent to allow them to come onto your property.
At that moment, I strongly suggest that you contact an attorney who focuses on these kinds of condemnation matters. Doing that will set you on the right path in the condemnation process. You’ll get a temporary access agreement in place that’s protecting your rights by being more favorable to landowner.
You should know that right of way agents or subcontractors who are agents of TxDot or the county will be coming on your property to do certain things. You want to make sure that there are certain obligations and notice requirements that they comply with when they are on your property.
So that’s why I strongly suggest that you get a good temporary access agreement in place. Have it limited in time, not open-ended so that you can manage their access to your property.
After that the condemnation process begins with an initial offer and then a final offer with the appraisal. These offers should be evaluated with the assistance of a lawyer who understands condemnation matters.
Let Us Help You Through the Condemnation Process
You need an experienced ally to be successful in the condemnation process. The right of way agent is not neutral. The right of way agent is working with the primary goal to pay as little as possible for the use of or title to your property. You should talk with an experienced condemnation rights attorney as early as possible in the process. If you’d like an appointment with Mr. Hundl, please call or text 800-266-4870. We have offices in Fulshear and Richmond in Fort Bend County.