The Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970 (URA) became effective January 2, 1971. By its enactment Congress created a uniform statutory scheme to deal with persons whose property is acquired for Federal or federally assisted projects and who must move their households or businesses as a result of the acquisition. Following the enactment of the URA, the legislatures in each of the 50 states responded to the Congressional initiative by enacting new or revising existing statutes relating to relocation assistance. Although these state statutes are modeled after the URA, many of them contain variations that may affect the method of calculating and the amount of benefits or the description of the classes of persons entitled to receive these benefits. Just as the various legislatures have adopted differing statutory schemes, the judiciary has issued a wide variety of opinions interpreting the URA and the state relocation laws. Today, the URA and the related state statutes set the standards which public entities must follow in dealing with persons whose property rights are being acquired for public projects. This paper explores the major legal and procedural issues which public officials may encounter in administering relocation assistance programs in connection with the acquisition of land for transportation projects.

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  • Accession Number: 00488265
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0-309-02434-X
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Addendum 4
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1989 12:00AM