Committee on Right of Way, Utilities and Outdoor Advertising Control (CRUO)
Casey Soneira, Program Manager for Engineering
To provide information and guidance to all its members as well as AASHTO in the field of appraising and appraisal review. To mirror the overall mission of AASHTO to educate the public along with key decision makers on the critical role that appraising plays in transportation.
The Technical Council on Right of Way Appraisal and Appraisal Review (RAAR) is responsible for establishing policies which will stimulate among State DOT members the knowledge and technical expertise and the interchange of ideas and experiences for the evaluation of right of way. The Council is comprised of volunteer State DOT personnel, LPA’s and Consultants who are subject matter experts working to together to achieve specified goals. The Council’s responsibilities are to promote the appraisal and appraisal review technical activities. Assist in establishing guidelines and arrange special technical meetings either alone or jointly with other committees to promote the appraisal of right of way.
The scope of the RAAR is to promote the understanding of the appraisal and appraisal review of right of way activities. Support educational training which contributes in appraising and appraisal review. To seek and promote techniques which will assist the timely acquisition of right of way. The Council address current and future concerns such as Scoping, contracts, recruiting, salaries and staff retention. Additionally the council address evaluation issues concerning easements, railroads, uneconomic remnants and wetlands, etc.
The primary purpose of the technical council is to assist AASHTO in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities on specific technical matters involving appraising and appraisal review which are beyond the scope or expertise of non-technical members. The technical council advises AASHTO and State DOT’s in relation of the development and advancement of the appraisal field.