So far, our plats 101 series has discussed property types & legal descriptions, monuments & easements, and taxes & plat names. In this plats 101 article, we are going to discuss public ways, water boundaries, and replatted land.
Roads, Public Ways & Railways
The plat will need to show and identify roads and public ways as well as railway rights of way, both within and immediately adjacent to the plat. Sometimes a plat will create one or more roadways running through the plat, or that run along one or more boundaries of the plat. In either event, those items will need to be depicted on the plat.
Water boundaries and wetlands will also need to be depicted. If there’s a creek, river or lake, or any kind of wetland, the boundaries of those items will need to be shown on the plat. In many cases, the variable nature of water features requires that the plat carve out the land around them and identify that land as an outlot intended to remain vacant and dedicated to the sole purpose of containing the water feature.
Lots & Blocks
The intended lots and blocks within the plat need to be identified. Sometimes a plat will have multiple blocks each containing one or more lots, while at other times the plat may contain just a single lot and block; there can be any variable number of lots and blocks so long as the subdivision ordinances are not violated. In any case, the measurements and boundaries of these parcels need to be clearly identified on the plat.
Previously platted land can also be replatted. For example, if there’s a large platted Lot 1, Block 1, and the owner desires to subdivide it into smaller sub-lots, then that Lot 1, Block 1 can be replatted into a new plat describing the new, smaller parcels.
Accordingly, there is no requirement that the underlying land be metes and bounds prior to being platted. Instead, any kind of legal description can be platted in the interest of creating a new and simpler legal description for a subdivision of the land.