Links & Resources
Womack McClish Wall Foster Brooks, P.C. represents urban and rural landowners throughout the state of Texas, including businesses and individual landowners, in eminent domain and condemnation proceedings, as well as matters involving property rights and vested rights. The following links provide resources which may be helpful to landowners whose land is, or may become, the subject of a government taking. For more information, call us at (512) 474-9875.
Property Rights Resource Links
The links below provide resources regarding information for property owners about their rights and about organizations and research institutes aimed at protecting and promoting those rights.
- The Private Real Property Rights Preservation Act Guidelines were developed by the Attorney General of Texas to assist governmental entities in identifying which government actions may result in a taking, as set forth in the Private Real Property Rights Preservation Act (PRPRPA). The PRPRPA represents a basic charter for the protection of private real property rights in Texas and the Texas legislature's acknowledgment of the importance of protecting private real property interests.
- The Texas Landowners Council was formed by a group of landowners committed to securing the right to own land and protect property rights according to the U.S. and Texas Constitutions. The Council works at the legislative level to introduce bills that promote the rights of landowners and defeat bills that restrict those rights, as well as provides helpful information, such as links and summaries for opinions of the U.S. Supreme Court and Texas Supreme Court and information about groundwater rights and taxes.
- The Texas A&M Real Estate Center is the nation's largest publicly-funded organization devoted to real estate research, which provides research publications regarding topics such as condemnation, property rights, property development, easements, and land use restrictions.
- The Real Estate Council of Austin consists of a broad spectrum of members with an interest in the real estate industry, including landowners, land developers, lawyers, and real estate professionals, and is committed to promoting economic development and addressing real estate-related issues in the Greater Austin region.
- The Independent Cattlemen's Association of Texas is a grassroots group that represents the cattle industry and thousands of agricultural families, providing an effective legislative voice for ranchers and cow/calf producers.
- The Texas Farm Bureau acts as a voice for Texas's agricultural industry, working to benefit Texans through promotion of a prosperous agricultural economy that can provide a long-term domestic source of food, fiber, and fuel.
Regional & Project Links
The links below provide information about various regional highway projects, renewable energy zone projects, transmission line projects, and other governmental development projects that are affecting, or may soon affect, many landowners throughout rural and urban Texas.
- Transmission Lines
- Proposition 12 Bond Projects
- Competitive Renewable Energy Zones
- Competitive Renewable Energy Zones Transmission Lines
- Map of Competitive Renewable Energy Zones Transmission Lines
- Trans-Texas Corridor
- Lower Colorado River Authority
- Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
- Central Texas Turnpike System
- North Texas Tollway Authority
- Harris County Toll Road Authority
- IH 45
- SH 130
- SH 121
- SH 360
- SH 183
State and Federal Highway & Transportation Links
New highway projects and highway expansion projects are a common cause for governmental entities to initiate condemnation proceedings. Below are links to various state and federal transportation agencies that oversee highway projects.
- The Texas Department of Transportation is responsible for planning, designing, building, operating, and maintaining the state's transportation system, including expanding economic opportunities, enhancing safety, and reducing congestion by building transportation projects.
- Texas Department of Transportation Transportation Studies analyze the current transportation system and potential expansions to identify and resolve issues regarding means for improvements, the feasibility of new projects, ways to increase cost efficiency, and environmental impacts.
- The Texas Turnpike Authority Division of the Texas Department of Transportation is charged with improving mobility and safety in Texas by developing and operating a safe, reliable, and cost-effective system of toll roads, and has authority to study, design, construct, operate, expand, or extend turnpike projects.
- Texas Tollways & Turnpikes is the Texas Department of Transportation's system of high-tech tollways, which have been built and developed as part of the Department's goals to expand economic opportunity, reduce traffic congestion, enhance safety, and improve air quality.
- The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration is charged with the broad responsibility of ensuring that our nation's roads and highways continue to be the safest and most technologically up-to-date. Among its many programs, the Federal Highway Administration provides federal financial resources and technical assistance to state and local governments for constructing, preserving, and improving the national highway system.
- The Texas Transportation Institute is part of the Texas A& M University System and supports highway planning, design, construction, maintenance, safety, and operations through transportation engineering and research.
- Texas Transportation Institute Urban Mobility Information is information gathered from the monitoring of mobility and reliability trends using archived traffic operations data and information about mobility and traffic congestion on freeways and major streets in 90 U.S. cities.
- The DOT Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) is a statistical agency which is part of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), which coordinates the U.S. Department of Transportation's research programs. BTS administers data collection, analysis, and reporting and ensures the most cost-effective use of transportation-monitoring resources.
Texas Government Links
- State of Texas Online
- Texas Legislature Online
- Texas Courts Online
- List of Texas County Governments Online
- List of Texas City Governments Online