Individual Parcel Maps

Supplemental Standards

It is important to note that right of way plans are two-dimensional representations of land and buildings. In addition to the right of way engineering requirements, all maps and plans prepared for right of way use must meet the following requirements:

  1. Easements, fee parcels and temporary rights must be identified and properly labeled. If work will be done anywhere on private property, the Department must acquire a right to do so or own the land outright.
  2. Maps must indicate what is physically present on the property is, whether that be open space, woods, parking, lawn area, asphalt paving or buildings. All structures on a property must be indicated on the map. Structures that are within 100’ of the right of way line must be depicted on the IPM. Beyond 100’ the may be on an entire tract insert to the IPM if they are not shown on the regular scale view. The reason all structures must be shown is that it is not possible for the appraiser or owner to understand the impacts of the acquisition if the improvements are not shown in relation to the acquisition.
  3. Improvements are to be shown in sufficient detail that they can be seen amongst other map elements.
  4. Labels should be placed so as to minimize obscuring map details.
  5. All maps should indicate by shading the portion of any buildings that encroaches in either the existing or proposed right of way. This should be done even if no parcel is anticipated because it alerts the designer that not all of the existing right of way is available for use and triggers the clearance of obstructions from the right of way.
  6. Mapping issues are the most common cause of right of way delays. Accurate placement of wells, septic systems and underground tanks on maps is critical to identify and dealing with the acquisition process. In identifying these features, care must be taken not to rupture or damage underground tanks and utilities.

To conclude, maps should be kept as readable as possible to facilitate use by untrained readers such as the appraiser and the courts.

Line of Temporary Erosion Control:

Shown on plans as simply a line, with no closure and no area indicated.

Specialty Description Clauses:

Shared Drainage Easements  (State drains into private owned drainage) 

And also the permanent right to access, construct, reconstruct and maintain subsurface drains, inlets, appurtenances as well as connections to the owner's existing drainage system at the location shown on the aforesaid map. The depictions of the drainage improvements are for illustration purposes only. The State reserves the right to place all drainage improvements anywhere within the confines of the easement.

Reserving to the owner, its heirs, and assigns a non-exclusive cross easement permitting the right to allow runoff water into the drainage system within the State's drainage easement.

Provided however, that the owner may not obstruct the drainage from the highway system or do any other act to the shared drainage that leads directly or indirectly to ponding or flooding of the highway.

No future connection or reconnection to the State's drainage system will be permitted without the written approval of the State upon an application supported by a plan and specifications certified by a NJ Licensed Professional Engineer.

The maintenance obligation of the grantee shall be limited to the pipe system located on the grantee property outside of the State drainage easement. Only runoff water is permitted into the system.


Last Maintenance Correction:
June 9, 2004