We are working with North Country Appraisals to help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us to learn about the highway 97 widening and what it means for you or your business.

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has proposed a plan to widen a 4.5 km long portion of Highway 97 in Kelowna, between Highway 33 and Edwards Road, from 4 to 6 lanes. The project's website is located at http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/OkanaganValley/projects/hwy97_six-laning/. The design has recently been revised and, for certain areas including along Sexsmith and Rutland Road, has not yet been finalized. This project will involve taking portions of private property to be used in the widening. In British Columbia, this is called “expropriation.” In almost every instance, the owner of the property is entitled to full compensation for what has or will be taken.

The government body seeking to take the owner’s property is often well versed in the expropriation process and has at its disposal negotiators, lawyers, appraisers, planners, business valuators, engineers, and whatever other experts or consultants they need to successfully navigate through the expropriation process. For owners, on the other hand, this is often their first and last experience with an expropriation. Consequently, owners rarely have at their disposal any expert to assist them. That is where we come in.

We have twenty years of experience helping property owners negotiate, mediate, arbitrate, and litigate claims for compensation resulting from an expropriation. Using that experience, we can help an owner establish a more even playing field for dealing with an expropriating authority. We will identify the types of losses incurred, such as the value of the land taken, the reduction in the value of the land left to the owner, any business losses resulting from the taking, and other costs and damages suffered as a result of the taking. We will find and instruct the right experts to quantify the compensation owing for the various losses suffered. We will help the owner decide when to settle and when to fight

For more informaiton please click here for our Road Map Through the Process.
Click here for our questionnaire and learn some of the questions you should be asking yourself.
Click here for our presentation from the B.C. Expropriation Association's Fall Conference.

Important Links

Expropriation Act
Project Website
CRA Tax Act Exchange of Property Information
Tax Implications of Expropriation
City of Kelowna Zoning Bylaw
Transportation Act

Our expropriation lawyers areJeff Frame, David Hughes and Courtney AuBuchon.

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