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2016 Land Title Survey Standards

What you need to know about the new ALTA Survey standards. The revised ALTA Survey specifications are scheduled to take effect February 2016.  The below commentary itemizes the significant changes to survey specifications, responsibilities and requirements. 1. The Survey will be known as an ALTA/NSPS LAND TITLE SURVEY. The title has been revised to reflect the […]

Don’t End Up All Wet. Take Time for Real Estate Due Diligence

As a wetland delineator, the worst part of my job is giving bad news to someone who purchased property to build their dream home, only to find out that they can’t build because there are wetlands present.  It pays to do research in the beginning of your property search instead of getting stuck with a […]

Wisconsin Removes 50-Foot Highway Setback Restriction

From 1999 to 2009, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT), acting under Administrative Rule Trans 233, reviewed land divisions for compliance with access, setback, noise and traffic visibility. By far, the most controversial item was the 50-foot highway setback, which prohibited improvements within the 50-foot corridor. Trans 233 was eventually declared invalid by Dane County […]

Avoid Delays, Mitigate Risk by Hiring a Wisconsin DNR Assured Wetland Delineator

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ assured wetland delineation program provides property owners and developers with several key benefits:  a high level of accuracy in delineating wetland boundaries for project planning purpose; cost and time savings for the property owner or developer; and enhanced protection of Wisconsin wetland boundaries based on highly accurate wetland delineations. […]

New In-Lieu Fee Program for Wetland Compensatory Mitigation

The WDNR made an announcement on Friday, November 21 that a new in-lieu fee program for wetland mitigation, also referred to as The Wisconsin Wetland Conservation Trust (WWCT), is now in effect and can be used as a type of compensatory mitigation for impacts to wetlands. The WDNR has been working on the creation of […]