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Property Acquisition Process

There are times when Clackamas County must acquire right of way over private properties to improve existing roads or construct new roadway facilities. A right of way is an easement which grants the County access to a portion of private property for public use. It is the County’s policy and practice to obtain right of way with fairness and equity.

The County is empowered to acquire private property for public use. With this authority goes the obligation to protect the rights of individual property owners. The County thus has a dual responsibility – recognition and protection of the individuals who are directly affected by acquisition of land, and competent and efficient service to the public as a whole.

For more details on this process, refer to the Property Acquisition Process Brochure on the right side of this page.