To provide personal, quality, cost-effective property acquisition, and relocation assistance services in a politically sensitive manner that promotes community goodwill.
Hamner, Jewell & Associates specializes in acquiring rights of way and property rights for all types of publically funded projects, including public works, transportation, housing, utilities, and community development. We have acquired right of way for roadways, waterlines, sewer lines, utilities, recreational trails, the high speed rail, and other community development projects. We have acquired access rights, air rights, slope easements, drainage easements, utility easements, pipeline easements, landscaping easements, roadway easements, temporary construction, and staging area easements, as well as “fee” interests for tank sites, pump stations, water treatment projects, parks, public parking, Metrolink stations, civic centers, housing, redevelopment, and community development projects. We can work on projects requiring a single property purchase, or large regional projects involving miles of pipelines or blocks of properties. We provide mandated relocation assistance in conjunction with the acquisition of any occupied properties. We take a personal approach to the services we provide, always trying to meet with people personally, seeking a collaborative approach to achieving amicable agreements. Our services are structured in conformance with the requirements of the California Government Code and the Code of Civil Procedure, the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act (the “Uniform Act”), and in accordance with the professional and ethical standards of the International Right of Way Association. We also work closely with Caltrans and various federal funding agencies, and coordinate the Caltrans and/or FHWA Right of Way Certification processes....Read More
Hamner, Jewell & Associates assists public agencies and non-profits with the acquisition of property rights and in administering relocation assistance programs in conformance with California Government Code requirements and the requirements of the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act, for federally assisted projects. We keep apprised of Caltrans, HUD, and other overseeing agency requirements, including CDBG and HOME program guidelines, tax credit funding, as well as related ordinances such as Mobile Home Park Closure provisions. Whenever a public project involves the purchase or redevelopment of occupied properties, we can provide Relocation Advisors to guide you through the complexities of relocation assistance regulations. We have worked on numerous projects involving relocations, including projects for the San Buenaventura Housing Authority, the Area Housing Authority of Ventura County, the Port Hueneme Redevelopment Agency, the Ventura Redevelopment Agency, the Poway Redevelopment Agency, and the Santa Barbara Redevelopment Agency, facilitating major downtown renovation projects such as the Paseo Nuevo Mall in Santa Barbara and the Downtown Century Theatre Project in Ventura, as well as affordable housing projects such as the Mira Vista Senior Housing Project in Camarillo. Further, we have provided Relocation Planning and implementation of assistance services for public works and transportation projects, roadways, federally funded bridge replacements, and the California High Speed Rail Project. In conjunction with these projects, we have facilitated the purchases of vacant and improved land, commercial, residential, and industrial properties. We have aided in the relocation of owner occupant residents, residential tenants, and businesses that have included automotive facilities, thrift stores, tattoo parlors, retail establishments, and restaurants. In addition, our services include property acquisition and relocation planning, analysis, and cost estimating, preparing relocation plans and guidelines for client...Read More
Involving a real estate professional early in your project planning process, when you anticipate that your project will require real estate, normally saves time, money, and headaches from complications as your project progresses. A consistent point of public contact for property owners and residents directly impacted by the proposed project is invaluable, from project inception to completion. This provides consistency in the dissemination of information, as well as giving the property acquisition and relocation agents the opportunity to get to know and develop rapport with those very important persons that your agency will be seeking agreements with in order for the project to progress with a minimum of conflict, political controversy, and litigation. Early involvement also allows you to proceed with realistic budget estimates and implementation schedules. To facilitate your project planning, we offer: Title Analysis and Ownership Reviews (to determine exactly what property rights may be required for your project) Funding Guideline Reviews (to determine exactly what requirements are mandated for your project in order to protect your funding sources and appropriately estimate related costs and timelines) Preparation of Acquisition and Relocation Guidelines Preparation of Relocation Plans and Cost Estimates Initiating Property Owner Communications and Obtaining Owner Input to Facilitate the Planning Process Pursuing Rights of Entries to Facilitate Surveying and EIR Studies Coordinating with Project Planners and Legal Counselors to Establish Procedures Obtaining Title Reports and Appraisals Drafting Proposed Informational and Contractual...Read More
Hamner, Jewell & Associates coordinates property owner communications during the project planning and implementation stages. Our company has found that a consistent point of personal public contact throughout the project is a critical component of smoothly dealing with people who are impacted by your project plans. In essence, our services border on public relations. Our clients who utilize these aspects of our services are amazed at the substantial minimization of inquiries and complaints that they receive while the project is underway. In addition to advance planning services, the values of a consistent point of public contact continue throughout the project construction and completion stage, especially in projects involving right of way and partial acquisitions where coordination with adjacent property owners and uses becomes a critical component of a smooth construction and completion process. Therefore, in recent years the scope of our services has expanded, at the requests of our clients, to include: Pre-Project Owner Communications, Informational Brochures, and Meetings Coordinating all Project Planning Access Needs for Surveys and Studies, EIR needs Project Update Correspondence and Construction Noticing Construction Access and Restoration Coordination Crop Loss Claims and Other Construction Damage Claim “Mediations” and Resolutions Utility Relocation and Temporary Interruption or Service Modification Coordination Whether planning a project that requires the acquisition of property rights, or a repair project that requires no new rights but necessitates coordination with property owners and neighborhood residents or business owners, these services can be an invaluable...Read More
Hamner, Jewell & Associates provides a multitude of services for utility companies, including access coordination and easement acquisition. Clients have included municipalilties, Counties, PG&E, the Central Valley Infrastructure Network, and SoCal Gas Company. Projects have included seismic studies, pipelines, and transmission corridors, as well as axillary facilities. Hamner, Jewell & Associates is a certified WBE through the Utilities...Read More