Letter to the Editor: HIPC chairman clarifies easements
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