Courses Offered by Chapter 57
Principles of Land Acquisition
This course is an education offering to the global community of infrastructure/right of way professionals. Its purpose and content plans are centered on members of the Project Team with specific emphasis to the infrastructure professional/right of way agent. This course is an introduction to industry specific disciplines. Infrastructure professionals/right of way agents who typically participate on a project team are from the following disciplines: environment, engineering/survey, appraisal, negotiation/mitigation, and relocation assistance. Law is included because it is a vital component of the infrastructure professional/right of way agent’s responsibility to prepare legal documents and obtain the correct signatures of vesting property owners to ensure the document is legal and enforceable. This course provides an awareness of the disciplines involved in infrastructure/right of way projects and the importance of a team approach to the work.
Conner McDonald – SR/WA is a Project Manager with CMD West, providing real estate and right-of-way services on projects throughout California and the Western States. Throughout Conner’s career in infrastructure real estate, he has worked with public agencies, utilities, non-profits, and educational institutions, overseeing all aspects of project delivery and land management, including project planning; valuation; negotiation; condemnation; relocation; and property management, on a diverse array of projects from high-speed rail and transportation, to water storage and flood control. Conner has served with the IRWA in past roles as Chapter President, International Public Agency Committee Chair, and Young Professionals Committee Regional Representative. He is currently the IRWA Region 1 Secretary, and Past Recipient of the Region 1 Professional of the Year Award.
- Ethics: Gain a vital awareness of the critical Code of Ethical Conduct, Standards and Procedures, as well as ethical behaviors that guide the work of the infrastructure/right of way professional.
- Interdisciplinary Team: Recognize the key role that the infrastructure/right of way professional plays on the project team, as well as the importance of a team approach to the work.
- Environment: Discuss the effects of public projects on the environment. Explain the types of environment assessment processes and studies.
- Appraisal: Harness a basic understanding of the valuation process and the role of the appraiser in the acquisition process.
- Negotiation/Mitigation: Discuss the infrastructure professional/right of way agent’s role during negotiation, including various components from preparation to closing.
- Relocation Assistance: Develop a basic understanding of relocation assistance for residential and non-residential displacements.
- Law: Define real property law terms/concepts and apply them as they pertain to the infrastructure professional/right of way agent.