With a lengthy history of completed Land Acquisition and Right-of-Way projects for public agencies and private sector clients, The Bernard Johnson Group, Inc. is well positioned to service our client base in performing land acquisition & easement negotiation, as well as delivering a host of complimentary services.

Land acquisition has the expressed purpose of facilitating acquisition of privately held land for public purposes. Public purpose can refer to the acquisition of land, or a portion thereof, for the purpose of transportation and/or utility corridors, housing, health, removing urban blight, projects for rural planning or formation of development zones or districts, and other public welfare uses. Whether performing acquisition and R.O.W. services for private or public sector clients The Bernard Johnson Group, Inc. is always conscientious of treating the effected entities with the utmost respect before, during and after the acquisition process.

The Bernard Johnson group, Inc.’s performance of Land Acquisition and obtaining Right- of-Way easements generally involves activities in the following areas:


  • Programming and Budgeting
  • Estimating
  • General Project Management
  • Corridor Preservation, Hardship and Protection
  • Right-of-Way Engineering
  • Appraisals & Reviews
  • Acquisitions & Negotiations
  • Condemnation
  • Relocation Assistance and Housing Programs
  • Expert Witness Testimony
  • Property Management
  • Demolition and Clearance
  • Utility Location & Relocations
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Airspace
  • Excess Lands
  • Local Outreach Programs

Real Estate Acquisition

Right of Way Services

Land & Right of Way Acquisition; Property Research, Due Diligence & Inventories; Eminent Domain Support. Right of Way Engineering; Utility Coordination;Encroachment Identification, Monitoring & Removal.
  •    Easement preparation & interpretation
  •    Eminent domain & litigation support
  •    Expert witness testimony
  •    Plan & development review
  •    Plat & legal description preparation
  •    Project cost estimates
  •    Property negotiations & acquisition
  •    Review agency guidelines for compliance with federal & state regulations
  •    Right of way program assessment
  •    Route development & feasibility studies
  •    Site selection, property negotiations & acquisition
  •   Vulnerability assessment
  •   Encroachment identification, monitoring & removal
  •   Multilingual translation & document translation
  •   Outreach programs & public forums
  •   Property valuation studies
  •   Public information assistance
  •   Records management & document control
  •   Right of way acquisition
  •   Right of way engineering
  •   Site analysis & selection
  •   Special studies & budget analysis
  •   Title research
  •   Utility coordination
  •   Permitting management & survey review

Relocation Assistance

Specialized Real Estate Services

Relocation Assistance; Temporary Moves & Relocation Training Relocation Plans & Surveys. Program Planning & Management; Buyer/Seller Representative; REO Short Sales; Foreclosure; Specialty In-House Staffing.

  •    Complex commercial & industrial relocations
  •    Post-relocation audit representation
  •    Program management
  •    Relocation plans, replacement housing plans & surveys
  •    Residential relocations (permanent & temporary displacements)

  •   Escrow coordination & title clearance
  •   Inter-governmental liaison assistance
  •   Real estate appraisal review
  •   Conflict resolution
  •   Cost estimates
  •   Damages settlement



Railway:  No. California High Speed Rail Authority Project – Bakersfield to MaUntitledderas (California 153 miles) Central Valley rail system

Description:  High speed rail system: the route will connect Los Angeles with San Francisco at speeds up to 220 miles per hour (350 km/h), providing a “one-seat ride” for the trip in 2 hours and 40 minutes for the non-stop trip. The system is required to operate without a subsidy, and to connect the state’s major cities in the Bay Area, Central Valley, and Southern California.[4] In Phase 2, which has no timetable yet, the routes will be extended in the Central Valley north to Sacramento and south from Los Angeles to San Diego via the Inland Empire.

Details:  1500 Parcels; Property rights acquired include public and private residential, commercial and industrial.

Contract Amount:  Approximately $2.5 Million

Time Period:         2014-2019


Highway Transportation:  TIP No. R2514 C, HWY 17, Jones Countyasd

Description:  Widen freeway lanes from North of Maysville to South of NC58.

Details:   Property rights acquired include public and private residential, commercial and industrial.

Contract Amount:  $750,000

Time Period:   08/2013 – 12/2014


Utility:  Sempra Energy

Description: Valley Rainbow Interconnectsed

Details:  Negotiations and acquisitions of various utility industry land rights with property owners, developers and government agencies; managing capital projects for the transmission and distribution of gas and electricity, as well as project management of electrical substations and related projects.

Contract Amount:  $2 Million   

Time Period:  2011  – 2013