The Flood Diversion Board of Authority has released to the public an initial version of the Land Management Plan for the Fargo-Moorhead (FM) Metro Flood Risk Management Project. The Plan presents an overview of the land management and acquisition requirements for the construction of facilities needed for the Project.
The Plan will be a living document updated periodically as decisions are made by the Diversion Authority and changes to the Project elements and schedule occur. It is anticipated the next version will be developed near the end of 2012.
The following are the desired outcomes of this Plan:
- All Project-related real estate is acquired in a timely manner that does not impact the construction schedule of the Project.
- Efficient and effective land management practices are facilitated for properties and structures in the affected area.
- A clear understanding by the public of the real estate acquisition processes and timeline that will be followed for this Project.
- Beneficial policy decisions are made involving variations in the federal process for special circumstances.
- Processes are adopted to effectively implement the land management components of the Project.
- Increased confidence in the Diversion Authority’s ability to successfully deliver this Project.
- Increased public support and understanding of the regional benefits of the Project. Improved and/or sustained positive working relationships among the Diversion Authority, local government bodies, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
- The Plan includes sections and appendices on the following:
- The scope of land acquisition requirements.
- A summary of the federal acquisition process.
- A list of potential variations or amendments to the federal land acquisition process.
- An identification of impacts to local communities and landowners directly related to specific parcel acquisition.
- A plan for communicating the required real estate acquisition actions.
- The authorities and procedures needed to obtain right-of-entry and permanent right-of-way.
- The Risk Letter and Access Agreement employed as part of the land acquisition process.
- The Flood Diversion Authority’s policy for early buyout of residential property in cases where it is determined a property owner suffers from a serious health condition giving rise to a hardship.
A copy of the initial Land Management Plan may be viewed at the following link: Land Management Plan.