ALTA survey and Topographic Survey

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    Rebekka O'Melia

    An easement allows access to a utility typically.  Or access to a beach or lake or something. You couldn't block the access with parking or trees.

    An easement should be both on the site plan and in the written deed, I think.

    Hope this helps!

    Rebekka O'Melia, B.Arch, M. Ed, Registered Architect, NCARB, Step UP ARE 5.0

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    Manisha Shrestha

    Thanks Rebekka! Am I allowed to make any surface improvement on easement?
    Also, should I be looking into ALTA survey or Topographic survey for easement?

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    Rebekka O'Melia (Edited )

    Here's a pic of an easement in a residential neighborhood.  They can drive a truck down it if they need to.  Someone mows it once a year or 2.  It looks like a path in the woods.  Paving it may be possible (some easements cut across parking lots or are beside a road), but it needs to be clear for access.

    Hope this helps!

    Rebekka O'Melia, B.Arch, M. Ed, Registered Architect, NCARB, Step UP ARE 5.0

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    Tony Young

    Take a look at site planning and design, from my knowledge building on top of an easement is discouraged, i would say even plantings unless you have no choice. As far as ALTA and topographic surveys one is used for boundaries and the other you can find information about the land.

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