Engineers

We strive for a close working relationship with an engineering firm during PD&E, design, Right-of-Way and acquisition management. We can also provide valuable assistance on your project proposals by furnishing analysis and recommendations in preparation for your proposal presentation. We ensure that your proposal demonstrates the skill to identify innovative design and Right-of-Way acquisition cost-savings and all the requirements of the soliciting government agency.

Property Owners

Whether the Barfield Group is serving as your own Right-of-Way expert or as a consultant for the condemning agencies team, it is assured that your concerns will be fully addressed to achieve the most equitable and satisfactory resolution. The Barfield Group has a proven history of assisting property owners obtain their constitutional guarantee of full compensation for land, improvements, damages and professional fees, while striving to minimize avoidable impacts to the property.

Public Agencies

With over 26 years of specialized experience, Ed Barfield is one of Central Florida’s leading Right-of-Way experts. Following a 17-year career with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), he started his own consulting firm, now known as the Barfield Group. Ed has worked on hundreds of public improvement projects for engineering firms and public agencies, providing a full range of project-critical services.

About Us

The Barfield Group originated in 2008 as Edwin R. Barfield, LLC, following Ed’s distinguished 20-year career in the Right-of-Way/Eminent Domain field, including 17 years as a Senior Appraiser and a Special Projects Coordinator for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Office of Right of Way. At the FDOT, he worked on everything from A (appraisals) to Z (zoning ordinance adoption). Ed's experience as a Senior Appraiser and a Special Projects Coordinator at the FDOT gives him intimate, first-hand knowledge of the FDOT system. This knowledge makes him an invaluable ally on any project that involves interaction with the department.

Ed founded this company to offer engineering firms, public agencies, property owners and their representatives, the benefit of his unsurpassed expertise in the areas of project design support, cost estimating, property rights acquisition, and eminent domain appraisal, key components of any successful public improvement project. Ed strives to ensure that the property owner is vested in the project as a stakeholder, and all parties will be satisfied with the final result. Since it opened, the Barfield Group has assisted clients throughout Florida on all types of projects and project phases, including:

  • State, county and city roads
  • Trails (bikeways, pathways, urban sidewalks)
  • Acquisitions by voluntary donation (LAP Compliant)
  • PD&E, engineering design support, cost estimates, and acquisition management
  • Eminent Domain appraisals and reviews, access management coordination, and property owner condemnation support
  • Utility easements

Clients select Ed Barfield for his comprehensive experience and knowledge of the law, his intense focus on amicably resolving Right-of-Way and Eminent Domain issues, and his extraordinary interpersonal skills, bringing all parties together for a non-adversarial acquisition process that saves time and money.

Long story, short: Ed Barfield makes life much, much easier for design engineers and other project stakeholders—and that means quite a lot in the complex field of Right-of-Way/Eminent Domain.

Engineers

Right-of-Way acquisition and design are among the most crucial steps in a public improvement project. Expertly managed, Right-of-Way processes can be smooth and equitable for property owners, design engineers, and public agencies, who are all project stakeholders. Just ask the benefactors of Right-of-Way/Eminent Domain specialist, Ed Barfield. They'll tell you. With his vast experience, encyclopedic knowledge, impeccable integrity and commitment to fairness, Ed Barfield makes design and acquisition productive and non-adversarial, achieving objectives while minimizing contention and costs. The hallmarks of Ed’s comprehensive approach to Right-of-Way/Eminent Domain include:

  • Incorporating acquisition objectives into the design process.
  • Early coordination and collaboration with the design engineer and project stakeholders.
  • Reliable and supported cost estimates.
  • Focus on Right-of-Way/Eminent Domain issues.
  • Drawing on experience and knowledge of the law.
  • Engaging all parties as stakeholders.
  • Innovative negotiation for mutually beneficial solutions.
  • Advance resolution of issues wherever possible to reduce Right-of-Way and design costs.

Don't just take our word for it. Read the project studies and testimonials of Ed's clients, who have experienced and benefited from his masterful approach to Right-of-Way design and acquisition. Then contact us to discuss your project. We're ready to help.

How may we help you?



Right-of-Way Engineering Design Support

Right-of-Way issues are like landmines—by the time they’re identified, the damage has often been done. Projects are stalled or derailed, money is lost and dreams of progress go up in smoke. Ed Barfield can spot and diffuse those Right-of-Way landmines, clearing the way for a project to be completed on schedule and within budget. Ed's 26 years of specialized experience in the field of eminent domain works to an excellent advantage in resolving potential issues before they become real problems. As a Right-of-Way consultant and coordinator, he works with engineers, surveyors and all stakeholders, including property and business owners to resolve issues early in the design process. Under his guidance, cooperation prevails, settlements are amicably negotiated and property is acquired without litigation. Over the years, Ed Barfield has saved countless public agencies time and money in Right-of-Way matters. He can do the same for you.

With his all-encompassing background, Ed Barfield has the experience, skill and capabilities to work effectively with all parties, bringing project designers and stakeholders together to:

  • Identify opportunities for substantial cost-savings beneficial to all stakeholders.
  • Establish a cooperative relationship between design engineers and project stakeholders.
  • Resolve issues and conflicts in a manner that will be satisfactory to all parties.
  • Resolve access management, eminent domain appraisal and acquisition issues and concerns during the design process.
  • Identify opportunities to avoid or minimize impacts to a property or business during project design, construction and beyond.
  • Provide reliable and supported Right-of-Way cost estimates.
  • Comply with all legal requirements.
  • Achieve design-thru-acquisition continuity.
  • Ensure a quality project design that incorporates input from stakeholders.

The bottom line: With his unsurpassed experience and knowledge, Ed Barfield can resolve the issues that can impede a Right-of-Way project and create the environment for a smooth, conflict-free development process.

We Believe in Partnerships

We strive for a close working relationship with an engineering firm during PD&E, design, Right-of-Way and acquisition management. We can also provide valuable assistance on your project proposals by furnishing analysis and recommendations in preparation for your proposal presentation. We ensure that your proposal demonstrates the skill to identify innovative design and Right-of-Way acquisition cost-savings and all the requirements of the soliciting government agency.

Acquisition Services

A skillfully handled property acquisition can save significant time and unnecessary expenditure of public funds. Ed Barfield, one of Florida's most respected eminent domain specialists, has an impressive history of soliciting and obtaining those property rights necessary to the project. With his combination of knowledge, experience and strong interpersonal skills, Ed manages the acquisition process in a way that satisfies all parties. He treats property owners with respect, meeting with them personally to establish their value as stakeholders early on. He works closely with design engineers and government representatives, resolving issues and identifying cost-saving opportunities throughout a project. Under Ed's skillful guidance, a situation ripe for costly confrontation becomes instead a quality project completed in the most time-efficient, cost-effective manner possible.

Access Management

A public improvement project can have a major adverse impact on access to a home or business. Ed Barfield can assist in protecting your property and its value by recognition of problems before they happen, and identifying design solutions that mitigate or eliminate them completely. Ed’s experience in access analysis and design is your assurance that your property will not suffer from unnecessary diminished access and property value. Ed's access management experience includes:

  • Median opening, closure or relocation
  • Driveway closure, modification, or relocation
  • Driveway connection permitting
  • Left turn restrictions
  • Safety issues
  • Excessive circuitry of travel

You work hard to maintain your property and its value, and Ed Barfield will work hard for you to make sure that your property has viable access before, during, and/or after construction.

Cost Estimate

Cost estimating isn’t all black and white—there's an art and science to the process, one that demands great experience, skill and a practiced eye for true valuation. These are the qualities that make Ed Barfield a highly respected and trusted cost estimator. With more than two decades of specialized eminent domain appraisal experience, as both appraiser and review appraiser, Ed's right-of-way cost estimates are reliable and comprehensive, ensuring all relevant costs are considered. But that’s not all. Ed's extensive experience in eminent domain and project engineering design support allows him to also pinpoint opportunities for minimizing or avoiding potential costly impacts to properties and businesses. Ed Barfield's skill and expertise in eminent domain allows design engineers to deliver every possible cost savings to the public agency.

Property Owners

We Know Your Constitutional Rights

Being involved in a Right-of-Way/Eminent Domain negotiation can be stressful for a property owner. Unfamiliarity with the process and its complex details can leave the owner feeling vulnerable, wondering where to turn for expert advice and representation. That's where the Barfield Group can help. Ed Barfield is one of Central Florida’s most experienced and trusted Right of Way/Eminent Domain specialists, with more than 26 years facilitating "friendly" acquisitions for public projects.

Whether the Barfield Group is serving as your own Right of Way expert or as a consultant for the condemning agencies team, it is assured that your concerns will be fully addressed to achieve the most equitable and satisfactory resolution. The Barfield Group has a proven history of assisting property owners obtain their constitutional guarantee of full compensation for land, improvements, damages and professional fees, while striving to minimize avoidable impacts to the property. The Barfield Group approach to a project includes:

  • Obtaining input from property owners for consideration in project design
  • Addressing vehicle and pedestrian access during and post construction
  • Providing acquisition process information, explanations and negotiation
  • Providing eminent domain appraisal reviews
  • Assisting in relocations, when necessary
  • Mortgage and lien resolution

Legal Process of Acquisition

You will receive a notice explaining your constitutionally guaranteed rights and describing the property needed for agency project; You will get an offer of not less than the agencies estimate of your property's value; the agency will negotiate with you during this "Initial Offer" phase;

If you and the Agency cannot agree on price, they may file an eminent domain action to acquire title to the property or property interest needed for the project; the agency will continue to negotiate with you throughout the litigation, if you agree on price the litigation will cease, otherwise a jury will decide the amount of compensation you will receive.

The condemning authority will pay your reasonable expenses for an attorney and other experts to represent you throughout the negotiation and eminent domain process. Barfield Group Approach to acquisition AND design
The Barfield Group wants YOUR input during the design process, PRIOR to initial offer.

The Design Engineer and Public Agency have the flexibility to incorporate individual needs into a project during design, but once permitting and construction begins, you may find yourself limited. For example, you may wish to have a new curb cut and driveway for alternative access to your property. You may want to save an old tree planted by your ancestor. There many different situations unique to your property, and the Barfield Group is here to listen to those concerns and work hard to ensure they are addressed.

When you work with the Barfield Group, you are more likely to close on the settlement value, and obtain the terms and conditions you seek, in less time. These are positives for both you and your representatives

Public Agencies

Cost Estimating and Acquisition Agent

With over 26 years of specialized experience, Ed Barfield is one of Central Florida’s leading Right-of-Way experts.

Following a 17-year career with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), he started his own consulting firm, now known as the Barfield Group. Ed has worked on hundreds of public improvement projects for engineering firms and public agencies, providing a full range of project-critical services, including:

  • The highest level of service required to see a project through to completion
  • Detailed Right-of-Way cost estimates and impact analysis
  • Identification of all cost saving opportunities
  • Project coordination with all stakeholders to achieve non-adversarial parcel acquisitions
  • Assured compliance with all legal and funding requirements
  • Early resolution of access, appraisal and acquisition issues
  • Project continuity from design through acquisition
  • Extensive experience in complying with Local Agency Projects (LAP) requirements
  • Successful achieving voluntary donation of easements for Trails and Sidewalk
  • Team support for PD&E, Right of Way Design, Cost Estimates, and Acquisitions
  • Access Management assistance and resolution
  • To be pre-qualified by FDOT for Group 21 (Pending audit)
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LAP Projects

Often the need for LAP Funding, by a local agency, is uncertain at the initiation of a project. So it is essential that LAP requirements are complied with for ALL PARCEL ACQUISITIONS in order to ensure LAP funds can be qualified for in subsequent project phases.

Including the Barfield Group as part of the PD&E, Design, Cost Estimate, and Right of Way Teams, ensures project success

Comprehensive Right of Way Cost Estimates

A thorough analysis of property acquisition costs is key to identification of the preferred alternative on a public improvement project. With his vast experience, Ed Barfield provides a Right of Way cost estimate that reflects the true potential acquisition costs. Thereby providing Agencies and Engineers with a quality estimate required to make a well informed decision.

Excellent Relationships with Property Owners

Establishing good working relationships with property and business ownersis essential to successful acquisitions; and one of the key elements to Ed’s project successes. Ed Barfield has both the experience and interpersonal skills to create positive, productive relationships with property owners. Ed works with property owners in a manner that vests them as stakeholders, by gaining their cooperation and support through honesty, integrity and genuine concern for their satisfaction. The result is a non-adversarial acquisition process that saves all parties time, money—and avoids lots of needless aggravation.

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