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2011 

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•A plat map is an engineer's plan for land use.  -The plat map shows the lot divisions and street locations.  -Provides for dedication of streets, parks, and school sites to the county or community.  -Shows actual dimensions for lots, streets, and other planned improvements  -Recorded in the coun...
Posted almost 3 years ago
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Every parcel of land within a tax district is assessed for tax purposes and each parcel is assigned a Parcel ID (PID) number (or assessor's parcel number) by the county property appraiser.      -PIDs numbers are used to prepare tax maps. Tax maps are scaled drawings based on record plat maps of a...
Posted almost 3 years ago
The lot and block method  is used to identify lots where single family subdivisions have been recorded in the public records.             The lot and block method can only be used where plat maps have been recorded in the public records (also called plat method, description by recorded plat, or d...
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A Government lot is a fractional pieces of land less than a full quarter section located along the banks of lakes and streams.          - Government lots were identified by a specific lot number, which became the legal description for   that parcel  Information courtesy of Rowlett Real Estate Sch...
Posted almost 3 years ago
 A Section is a square that is 1 mile on each side (1 mile square) containing 1 square miles (640 acres) A Quarter section is 160 acres, measuring 2,640 feet by  3,640 feet. ( ¼ of the land inside a section) Historically, it was the area of land originally granted to a homesteader;  used today to...
Posted almost 3 years ago
Check -  A square 24 miles on each side created by intersecting guide meridians and correction lines; used to adjust the grid pattern of squares because of the curvature of the earth -A check contains 16 townships Township - A township is a square of land 6 mile on each side (6 miles square) cont...
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The intent of the government survey system(GSS) (also known s the U.S. System of Rectangular Surveys, and the Public Domain Survey) was to create a large grid with every square of the grid uniquely identified.  The GSS is based on north & south / east & west intersecting lines, and is especially ...
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The Metes-and-bounds description is the oldest and most accurate method of land description and is used for both regular and irregular shaped parcels. Metes refers to distance and bounds refers to direction. A metes-and bounds description begins at an exact starting point, called a point of begin...
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The first private land ownership began when the government conveyed land to private individuals.  When settlers wanted to purchase land, they would apply for a patent and hire a surveyor to create the legal description. The metes-and-bounds method was used.     A patent is a certificate issued by...
Posted almost 3 years ago
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Legal descriptions are used to describe property in a way that uniquely identifies it from any other parcel. A legal description is so specific that given only the legal description, a surveyor can locate and identify a given parcel.           There are five additional purposes of surveying prope...
Posted almost 3 years ago
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