As with any major transportation project in an urbanized area, some relocations of residential and non-residential occupants are unavoidable for the Project to be completed. However, the Project team seeks to minimize the number of potential acquisitions and resulting relocations as part of its planning efforts.
Federal and state laws require a public agency to prepare a program to appropriately address impacts to property occupants that may arise as a result of the agency’s acquisition of the property. California law requires the program to be documented in a Relocation Plan that is formally adopted by the agency.
A Draft Relocation Plan has been prepared and is available for public review and comment starting August 17 through September 17, 2018 in accordance with California law, which requires a minimum 30-day public comment period.
VTA is holding four public forums to present the Draft Relocation Plan and receive comments on the following dates, times and locations:
Hard copies of the Draft Relocation Plan are also available to the public at VTA offices, the Project website, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library and the Berryessa Library in San Jose and the Central Park Library in Santa Clara. To provide comments on the VTA’s BART Phase II Draft Relocation Plan please attend one of the listed meetings or send your comments via email to Community.Outreach@vta.org by September 17, 2018.
A proposed Final Relocation Plan will be prepared to respond to the public comments and submitted to VTA’s Board of Directors for its review, consideration, and adoption at its December 6, 2018 meeting. The adoption of the Final Relocation Plan is a critical milestone in the Project schedule and will allow the Project to enter into negotiations for the first phase of property acquisitions.
Progress to Date
VTA retained Associated Right of Way Services, Inc. (ARWS) to support VTA in relocation activities. ARWS assisted in preparing the Draft Relocation Plan, which describes the Project, anticipated impact, available replacement site information, and a summary of VTA’s Relocation Assistance Program.
In June, VTA sent General Information Notices to all property owners and potentially impacted occupants that were identified in the final environmental document for the Project. The General Information Notice introduced the ARWS team and invited property owners and occupants to meet with ARWS throughout the months of July and August to better understand the Project, schedule, how the Project may impact them, and what assistance could be available under the Relocation Assistance Program.