In cases where a land owner wants to combine several adjacent pieces of property into one larger parcel of land, a land surveyor must draw a lot consolidation plat to submit to local authorities for approval. The experts at Point to Point Land Surveyors, Inc. have many years of experience in creating accurate lot consolidation plats for various projects.
What Is A Lot Consolidation Plat?
A lot consolidation plat is essentially a re-mapping of two or more adjacent lots or parcels of land, combining them into one larger parcel. (This is effectively the reverse of a subdivision plat, in which a larger property is subdivided into multiple lots.) A licensed professional land surveyor will perform field work on each existing lot to determine the exact dimensions and land boundaries of each. Once this survey work is completed, a map or plat is drawn that indicates both the original parcels and “new” combined parcel of land, which is then submitted to local zoning authorities. If approved, the consolidation plat effectively marks the new legal boundary for the consolidated piece of land.
One of the benefits of doing a consolidation plat is that in many cases the survey will uncover and correct errors in older plat maps. This is important because if the information about the property is found to be inaccurate, the consolidation application may be denied, forcing the landowner to begin the process all over again. For this reason, while some local jurisdictions may not require a survey in consolidating land, it’s still a good idea to have a professional lot consolidation plat drawn up for the landowner’s protection.
When Is A Lot Consolidation Plat Needed?
There are a number of reasons why it might be expedient to consolidate two or more parcels of land. For example, if a landowner lives next to a vacant lot, or one with an abandoned home on it, the landowner might want to purchase the lot and consolidate both into a single piece of land. Likewise, if a property owner acquires multiple lots of land and wants to develop these lots into a larger facility (for example, a resort, a campground or simply private acreage), the owner would need a lot consolidation plat in order to do so. Finally, if the property owner wants to sell multiple adjacent lots to a commercial developer, a lot consolidation would be part of the rezoning process.
Because accuracy is key in lot consolidation plats, you should only hire a land surveyor with proven experience and a working knowledge of local zoning requirements. To learn more, contact Point to Point Land Surveying today.