When your property is taken for public use.
Condemnation is the taking of private property for public use. It includes taking property for high voltage transmission lines, pipelines, road expansions, railroads, schools, parks, housing projects, water or sewer lines, drainage easements, or special use projects. Often, a landowner’s only right is the payment of just compensation. In many ways, the process is weighted against landowners and Texas law has restricted the type of damages landowners can recover. So experience matters.
Although the Texas and US Constitutions mandate that a property owner must receive “adequate” or “just compensation” for the taking of their property, in most situations, the condemning authority’s opinion as to what just compensation should be is often far below what we believe the law and market evidence requires.
We exclusively represent landowners. Whether at the state, county, city or utility level, we are skilled in contesting the appraisals and valuations presented by condemning authorities. We work with experienced appraisers, land planners and other experts to ensure that our clients are best equipped for eminent domain litigation on their day in court.
High Voltage Transmission Line Litigation
Perhaps the most devastating of all types of condemnation cases, high voltage transmission lines (“HVTL”) can transform a property from one of beauty to one of significantly diminished value. Jim and Soledad have significant experience in representing property owners in HVTL cases. In the last three years, SpiVal negotiated numerous favorable settlements prior to any hearing, several of which included route modifications and other concessions. In addition, they represented landowners in over 35 contested special commissioners hearings on HVTL cases in multiple projects and counties across Texas.
We also represent property owners in:
- Pipeline cases
- Road expansion projects
- Water, sewer and drainage projects
- Railroad expansion projects
- Special use projects
PUC Routing (Pre-Condemnation)
Before a condemning authority may condemn a property to build a HVTL, it must obtain an order granting a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity from the Texas Public Utility Commission. The PUC examines and approves potential routing options submitted by the condemning authority. Spivey Valenciano represents affected landowners in select PUC proceedings in an effort to avoid or mitigate potential condemnation.
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