Right-of-Way Mapping

Right-of-way mapping is a Boundary Survey of contiguous parcels from which land will be "taken" for roadway, drainage or other purposes. Although right-of-way mapping involves boundary surveying, there are important considerations that make right-of-way mapping unique.

First; the mapping must delineate all fee title and easement interests in a parcel of land to insure that the proposed right-of-way does not negatively impact them. Second; for appraisal purposes, right-of-way mapping must identify the entire “parent tract” and all existing improvements which may be impacted by the acquisition. Third; right-of-way mapping must identify all utilities which may need to be adjusted and/or relocated as a result of the proposed right-of-way. Fourth; right-of-way mapping should depict the proposed improvements as well as any adjoining properties sufficiently enough to communicate to the property owner(s) the necessity of the acquisition or "take".

The surveyor preparing right-of-way mapping understands that the preparation of right-of-way mapping and the preparation of plans, specifications, and estimates for a roadway improvement project are concurrent activities. As soon as possible, the surveyor will inform the design engineer of any existing conditions which might impact the design and the design engineer must in turn inform the surveyor of any design change, which will impact the right-of-way mapping.

When the final alignment of the proposed right-of-way is deemed 100% complete, the Surveyor can create separate Legal Descriptions for each impacted parcel. These descriptions will allow the owner to "dedicate" or "transfer" the take parcels to the appropriate Government agency and in some cases even create descriptions where the Government agency "gives" a parcel back to the Land Owner. This is sometimes necessary when an existing roadway is being re-configured instead of created from scratch.