Earth's Largest Land Surveyor Community
It has become a more common practice here in California for local associations to treat the geographic area of their association as a private area closed to open competation by complaining to the county surveyor and state boards anytime another surveyor set a stake without filing a corner record or record of survey. Because of the recessiona these "policing" surveyors have plenty of time to go around looking for paint and lath, then they investigate to see if a corner record or record of survey is filed.
What is wrong with that you may ask, if you read the act it allows for points on line, here in California without triggering a RS or CR. Often an owner needs the line for setback purposes.
If another party complains to the Board or County Surveyor, they automatically contact the surveyor who staked it, and if he wishes to avoid problems, then he will file an RS or CR. This of course raises costs to the consumer, who did not want or need that.
The surveyor who complained argues that it is for the better of the consumer, but they just dont know it. However when asked if that surveyor who complains has set POL's on new tracts, and not filed CR they will admit this is true, but claim the Act exempts it. This is not true the Act exempts points set for the eventual recording of a map, but new subdivisions have already been recorded, developers would not invest heavily in unrecoreded tracts, the want the vesting secure.
Do you thing the consumer benefits more from competive pricing for work acutally needed or from higher prices for work he does think he needs, but will be forced to pay for. For responses presume the consumer has been fully informed.
This Content Originally Published by a land surveyor to Land Surveyors United Network
Looks like this debate has been settled. Thank you for the information Mr. Dent.
The issue is not settled, but I will update you when it is.