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Title Requirements For CDOT Colorado Department of Transportation Land Acquisitions
Status Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Local Government + Appropriations (02/14/2019)
Bill Subjects
  • Fiscal Policy & Taxes
  • State Government
House Sponsors D. Roberts (D)
Senate Sponsors R. Zenzinger (D)
House Committee Transportation and Local Government
Senate Committee Transportation and Energy
Date Introduced 01/04/2019
Description

Transportation Legislation Review Committee. Current law

provides that when the department of transportation (CDOT) needs to
acquire land in order to establish, open, relocate, widen, add mass transit
to, or otherwise alter a portion of a state highway, it may only acquire the
land after:
  • The chief engineer of CDOT has provided a written report
to the transportation commission that describes the project
and all land to be acquired for the project, includes a map
of the existing and future boundaries of the highway, and
estimates the damages and benefits to each affected
landowner; and
  • The transportation commission has determined that the
project will serve public interest or convenience and
adopted a resolution authorizing the chief engineer to offer
affected landowners appropriate compensation.
The bill authorizes CDOT, acting through the chief engineer, to acquire
land in such circumstances by purchase or exchange without providing
the report or obtaining transportation commission approval. If CDOT
needs to acquire land in such circumstances through condemnation, it
must provide the report and obtain transportation commission approval.

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