Frequent Asked Questions (FAQ) - Easements

1.  Can the County construct this project on my property without my permission? (added 2/12/2019)

No, the County needs easements from each property owner where construction and construction access is proposed.  Stream restoration projects are voluntary and property owners are not obligated to provide easements.

2. When will the easement documents be available for property owners to review?

Easements are based on the areas delineated in the design for construction and construction access.  These areas are typically finalized when the design is approximately 75% complete.  At that time property plats will be developed which show the limits of the proposed easements.

3. Will the easements be permanent? (updated 8/9/2019)

For current projects, the County will allow the property owner to decide if they prefer a permanent or revertible easement.  All new projects will require permanent easements.  

4. What is a revertible easement? (added 8/9/2019)

After 10 years, the revertible easement is no longer valid and the property within the easement reverts back to the owner without restriction.

5.  Why has the County decided to require permanent easements for stream restoration projects? (added 8/9/2019)

The County is required by Maryland Department of Environment to ensure restoration projects continue to function properly and improve stream health.  Permanent easements allow access for the County to complete inspections and any necessary repairs.  The permanent easements also provide reassurance to the property owners that the restoration project will be maintained as it was designed.