FM Diversion – Fargo Moorhead Area Diversion Project

Property Acquisition and Management

One component of the FM Area Diversion Project is the acquisition and management of land needed or impacted by the Project. A general overview of the process used when property needs to be acquired. For more information about this process, contact us via email, or by phone at (701) 298-2381.

Property Acquisition Process

DESIGN SHOWS PROPERTY IS NEEDED

Design team including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, HMG or the P3 firm let the Program Management Consultant know the property is needed.

APPROVAL TO BEGIN

The Diversion Authority Finance Committee reviews the need and if approved, submits it to the Cass County Joint Water Resource District (CCJWRD). A land agent is brought on board to work with the property owner.

RIGHT OF ENTRY REQUESTED TO SURVEY THE PROPERTY

Right of Entry request is sent to the property owner so property can be surveyed.

LAND AGENT CONTACTS PROPERTY OWNER

Land agent is in contact with property owner.  A land agent will be assigned to assist with every affected parcel.

STEPS TO DETERMINE FAIR MARKET VALUE BEGIN

The property is appraised. The appraisal must follow state and  federal standards. Draft appraisal report submitted for review and the Just Compensation value is approved by the CCJWRD. In the case of residential properties, a Relocation Specialist is assigned to work with the owners/occupants to calculate and present relocation benefits.

LETTER OF INTENT TO ACQUIRE SENT

The land agent sends the property owner a  letter with a Notice of Intent (NOI) to Acquire. Land agent in contact with the property owner.

OFFER OF JUST COMPENSATION MADE

If the owner accepts the offer, the purchase agreement is signed and a closing date is set. If the owner does not agree with the opinion of value, the owner works with the land agent to arrive at a mutually agreeable price.