What Is Right of Way?

What Is Right of Way?

September 2, 2019

Homeowners and business owners who intend to build on a piece of land—especially when that new development might be bumping up against public property—are quite likely to hear the term “right of way.” In traffic, any competent driver understands the concept of right of way when they’re sitting at a stoplight. It’s not a complicated thing to grasp. Unfortunately, when it comes to land planning, right of way can be a little more challenging to get the hang of.

Not to fear, though! If you have questions and concerns about right of way in Guadalupe County, TX, you’re in luck. Read on to learn the basics of this critical land planning term.

What Is Basic Right of Way?

In its most common application, right of way is an agreement by which a private property owner allows another individual (or group of individuals) the right to travel through their property on their way to somewhere else.

In essence, a right of way converts a piece of private property into public property for the purpose of passing through (and little else).

Everyday Right of Way

A widespread practice of right of way in Guadalupe County, TX occurs in front yards across the area.

Here’s an example: Let’s say you’re standing in your front yard staring at the street in front of you. Obviously, the city owns the road—you know that. What you may not be aware of is that the city’s right of way likely extends as many as 10 or 20 feet past either side of the curb (and possibly into your front yard).

In this case, the government uses right of way in order to secure their ability to maintain public utilities like pipes or sidewalks, as well as retain the right to widen the street in the future, should the need arise.

How Right of Way Impacts You

Whether you’re a homeowner thinking about adding to your property or you’re a business owner taking stock of a new parcel of land, having a clear idea of your land’s right of way is integral to your future land planning vision.

Making sure that you know where right of way begins and ends on your property is critical to being a conscientious and well-prepared property owner.

Understand Your Land with Our Experts

Getting your mind around right of way in Guadalupe County, TX can be a daunting task, but Bettersworth & Associates, Inc. is here to iron out the wrinkles. For more than 65 years, our award-winning team of land planners and surveyors has proudly served the local area from our headquarters in Seguin.

Over the decades, we’ve built a long list of satisfied customers thanks to our unyielding work ethic and our commitment to every member of our community. At Bettersworth & Associates, Inc., our goal is to play our part in helping you build a better life.

It’s time to find out what Bettersworth & Associates, Inc. can do for you. Visit our website or give us a call today and let our team help you build your future.

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