At Lifestyle Landscapes, we always work within the boundary limits of our clients’ property. There are spaces adjacent to, or included in a clients’ property which they may be responsible for maintaining, but limit the use of the property. These areas are called Right-of-Ways, Easements and Setbacks.
Setbacks are typically determined by municipalities and are used to contain development within the property lines. Typically, structures over 18″ height are not allowed in the setbacks.
Similar to setbacks are buffers where local codes allow only specific types of plant material.
Easements are typically established to provide for installation of, and access to, utilities such as sewer, electrical, water, or gas. Easements may be established to allow access for owners of adjacent property.
A Right-of-Way is also like an easement, but, normally, utilities are not installed under a Right-of-Way. The Right-of-Way and Utility Easement is typically owned by the municipality or utility district but the homeowner is responsible for its maintenance. When working in a Right-of-Way, it is important to be aware of municipal codes specifying allowable construction in these areas and defining the conditions under which permits are required before construction projects may be undertaken in these areas. Plantings in Right-of-Ways might consist of low maintenance shrubs or trees. However, in utility easements, vegetation may be limited to shrubs and ground-covers.