Letter to the Editor: HIPC chairman clarifies easements

Saturday, September 21, 2013


In response to recent property owner comments about utility easements, rights-of-way and property lines at Holiday Island (Click here to read the story), private properties at Holiday Island do not have a frontal easement. Utility easements are found on the sides and rear of private properties and fall within the property line.

The streets and roads at Holiday Island are placed within a 50-foot public right-of-way. Ideally the streets and roads are placed in the center of the right-of-way but, given the terrain, it is likely that the roads wander within the right-of-way. However the property line is static and borders the 50-foot public right-of-way. Any utilities within this 50-foot front ROW are not on private property.

There are restrictions as to what may be placed in the public right-of-way found in the Holiday Island Suburban Improvement District Regulations and/or Resolutions. Generally, real estate for sale and other commercial or political signs are prohibited. In the past, the Holiday Island Planning Commission Building Inspector enforced these restrictions for HISID. Still, anything placed in the public right-of-way is subject to removal without notice by HISID.

For property owners who have not located their property stakes, the front property line can be roughly located by looking at utility poles and boxes, water meters, etc. The side of a pole, box, meter closest to the house is a rough definition of the property line facing the street or road.

Myrna Peterson, President

Holiday Island Planning Commission

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  • So let me see if I have this right. Our front property line is 25' from the center of the street, (Not fifty feet from the edge of the street as previously stated) and there is a 20' easement on the side and back of your property! Correct? Now, if you happen to own property on a corner lot, does that mean the easement on the side of your property is 25' from the street center plus an additional 20' easement past that?

    I really need to understand this because on my Cul-De-Sac the chip & seal surfacing, (what little there is) actually extends 30' feet onto my property. (This is the area from which our Fire Chief was going to remove my tool building with a bulldozer.)(Oh no!!) That would mean, if I'm understanding all this, that the street not only encroaches 30' onto my property, but it also covers all of any easement allowed from the center of the street?? This would have been noted some years ago if HISID had not refused to install a culvert, as is required by law, between the street and my property. (Incidentally, I had to install my own culvert!!)(Is there no end to my misery?)

    Just wonder'n!

    J. Paul Brown


    -- Posted by smokhous on Sun, Sep 22, 2013, at 9:39 AM
  • I can explain it to you but I can't understand it for you.

    -- Posted by Golferbemyname on Sun, Sep 22, 2013, at 3:19 PM
  • Funny our lots have easements on the front!

    -- Posted by CommonSense22 on Thu, Sep 26, 2013, at 5:35 PM
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