What Is a Lot Consolidation Plat?

What Is a Lot Consolidation Plat?

January 21, 2020

If you have a development containing multiple lots, you may wish to combine those lots into one or more larger lots. This is called “lot consolidation,” and comes with some unique challenges. It’s the reverse of creating a subdivision, in which one large lot is divided into several smaller ones. Any type of land (whether residential, commercial or industrial) can be consolidated. Typically, people use lot consolidation plats when they want to create a larger parcel of land for a single use (such as a campground), sell their property to a developer or want to expand their property by buying a nearby adjacent lot.

A land surveyor will survey and map each existing lot to determine what the boundaries and exact measurements are. Then, when all the lots are surveyed, they will create another map, or “plat,” to reflect the new parcel of land. However, this comes with some challenges. If you’re looking for lot consolidation plats in Guadalupe County, TX, make sure you hire experienced land surveyors for the job.

Challenges with lot consolidation plats

One of the biggest challenges that a lot consolidation plat presents is that the existing easements on the land need to be vacated. An easement is the right to move on a tract of land while not having any ownership over it—for example, utility companies have easements so they can install and maintain power, water and other necessities. Another example might be that your neighbor may have an easement to drive over a certain part of your property because it’s the only way to get to the main road. If the easement holders refuse to vacate their easements, you may not want to consolidate those particular lots.

Your plat will also need to be approved by your city or county, and meet any and all zoning or planning requirements. These usually involve lot size, frontage and other similar concerns.

Benefits of lot consolidation plats

The biggest benefit of lot consolidation is that the landowner will then have a much larger parcel of land to use, whether for a home, business or industrial complex. Lot consolidation plats often identify and correct errors in previous surveys, as well, which may have caused previous consolidation applications to be denied.

This also assists when a landowner wants to sell multiple lots to a property developer—a lot consolidation plat must be created to define and delineate the specific boundaries and monuments involved, assuming the land is appropriately zoned for that development.

Lot consolidation plats in Guadalupe County, TX

Bettersworth & Associates, Inc. has been Guadalupe County’s trusted land planners and surveyors since 1953. When you need assistance sorting out your lot consolidation plats and how to address any easement issues they may have, you can trust our team of experts to identify and solve whatever challenges are presented. Let us help you on your projects, no matter what their size and scope may be—contact us today to get started with a consultation. We look forward to meeting with you!

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