​​​Technical Councils Overview

On May 5, 2003, the full Subcommittee voted to adopt an internal organization for councils on each of the technical areas in Right of Way, Utilities and Outdoor Advertising Control. Chairs for the Right of Way & Utilities Technical Councils have been appointed by the AASHTO Right of Way, Utilities, and Outdoor Advertising Control Subcommittee (SCORWUOAC) Executive Chairman.

Technical Councils:
-Right of Way Appraisal and Appraisal Review
-Right of Way Relocation
-Right of Way Acquisition/Program Management
-Right of Way Property Management
-Outdoor Advertising Control
-Utility Mapping, GIS & SUE​
-Utility Project Scoping & Coordination
-Utility Accommodation & Safety

The Right of Way (R/W) Vice-Chair, Utilities Vice-Chair, and Outdoor Advertising Control Vice-Chair serve as the single point of contact and provide coordination for their respective technical councils:

R/W Technical Council Contact - Paula Gibson, Arizona
Utilities Technical Council Contact - Nelson Smith, Maryland
Outdoor Advertising Control Council Contact - Jim Spalla, Florida

The Technical Councils will assist the full SCORWUOAC Subcommittee by focusing the attention and expertise of the members of the Councils on specific business areas of responsibility in Right of Way, Utilities, and Outdoor Advertising Control; identifying technical developments, trends, initiatives, innovations and potential problems; and providing an annual report on current issues in each particular area of responsibility.

Technical Councils’ three main objectives are to: 

  1. Encourage and facilitate broader participation among member state DOTs and allow people, who have a special interest in some technical aspect of our business to meet to compare notes and share ideas; 
  2. help the subcommittee gather ideas from these experts in various technical areas in order to help us plan for future work efforts of the subcommittee, research, conference programs, etc;
  3. and make the work of the Technical Councils more visible to the Subcommittee membership in order to encourage participation.

Only those individuals eligible for general or active membership as provided in Article III of the Subcommittee's Operating Procedures shall become eligible to chair or hold membership on a technical council. Representatives of local government agencies and members of the private sector concerned with transportation and transportation issues, particularly those relating to right of way and utitilies, are encouraged to become involved with and participate on technical councils. These individuals may participate in the council as affiliate members, but may not vote on matters taken under consideration by the council.

Technical Council Chairpersons will be responsible for the following:

  • Recruit, sustain, and maintain up to date membership for their Technical Councils.
  • Chair a Technical Council “round table” meeting at the Annual Conference, and assist an Executive Committee member assigned to facilitate a session on your Technical Council subject matter at the annual conference.
  • Conduct an annual meeting of your technical council by video teleconference, teleconference, email, or a combination thereof, on a date you select between the close of the annual conference (April or May) and the executive board's annual planning meeting the following January, (Note: Chairperson will have notes created from their annual meeting and submit a report to their Council coordinator for review at the annual planning meeting. This report is due Dec. 31 of each year. Items note selected for break-out session presentations will be included on the agenda for their technical council "round table" sessions at the annual conference).
  • Chairpersons who must step down from their position must help the Executive Board to determining a replacement from the members in their technical council.

The annual Technical Council meeting should, at a minimum, cover:

  • New and interesting things are going on in this field
  • Is there anything the Subcommittee needs to be working on in this area?
  • Are any states trying new approaches to the technical area?
  • Any best practices that can be shared?
  • Any new technologies emerging?
  • What problems are you experiencing in your technical area?
  • Any research in your area that needs to be conducted?
  • What topics would you like to see addressed at the annual conference?

All Technical Council Chairs are invited to contact their respective Executive Board Coordinators at any time should they have any questions or need any assistance. The R/W, Utilities, and Outdoor Advertising Control Subcommittee Executive Board greatly appreciates all the hard work the Technical Council Chairs do and the many contributions they make to the work of the Subcommittee.