What is an ALTA Survey?

“ALTA” stands for American Land Title Association. An ALTA Survey is a land parcel map that is a combination of a boundary survey, title survey, and location survey prepared by a licensed land surveyor. The map depicts existing improvements, utilities, substantial site observations, delineates or notes easements and exceptions cited within the title commitment. Some surveys may also show topographic data, zoning, and flood zone restrictions. An ALTA is drawn in accordance with “ALTA” specifications. The ALTA standards governing the content of all ALTA surveys and are denoted in the Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys, as adopted by American Land Title Association and National Society of Professional Surveyors.

Why do I need an ALTA?

The purpose of a land survey is to issue title or mortgage insurance for real estate transactions. Preparing an ALTA survey can be essential for an owner and lender to ensure the land is able to proceed with little to no issues regarding the acquisition or loan. Although an ALTA may not always be required in all land acquisitions, it is our professional opinion to have one prepared because it can identify and locate in-depth information regarding the surveyed property.

Listed below are just few of the items that can be referenced on the map:

  • Property Info: Boundary lines, Adjacent property owners, Gross Land Area, Address, Legal Description, Nearest Intersecting Street, etc.
  • Zoning: Setbacks on existing buildings, Current Zoning Classification, Flood Zone Classification, Parking Stall Count, etc.
  • Site Features: Improvements observed while conducting fieldwork such as buildings, fences, roadway, curb & gutter, sings, utility boxes, etc.
  • Easements: Existing recorded easements (access, utility, etc.) that benefit or negatively impact the surveyed parcel. Possible easements or claims of easements not divulged in public records
  • Encroachments: Items such as fences, buildings, and any other improvements from adjoining properties that overstep on adjoining properties
  • What is the difference between a Boundary Survey and an ALTA Survey?

    There are many types of surveys used when assessing a parcel of land. Among the most common are ALTA/NSPS surveys, called ALTA surveys for short. These surveys differ from more basic surveys in that they must provide highly specific information in accordance with strict standards. When deciding on the type of survey you need for your parcel of land, it helps to know the difference between ALTA surveys and regular border surveys.


    9 Steps to Winterize Your Lawn

    The air is getting cooler and the leaves are starting to fall. This is the perfect time to rehab a tired yard or plant a new one. As the summer months take a heavy toll on your yard, it’s important to repair any damage and prepare for a beautiful yard for the coming spring. Follow these steps to help make your winterizing quick and easy.

    1. Remove Weeds. Weeds have a nasty reputation for dropping seeds in the fall that lead to a lot of work in the spring. Fall is the best time to eliminate nasty weeds, such as field bindweed (aka morning glory).  Spray weeds with herbicides after a killing frost.  As the plant prepares for winter, it will take the product down into its root system better than in other seasons.
    2. Rake leaves. While raking leaves is certainly not a fun aspect of winterizing your yard, it is very important. Raking will help remove dead leaves and grass on the top of the lawn and help ensure your grass gets water and nutrients to its roots.
    3. Fertilize your lawn. Your lawn will benefit from a good dose of winter fertilizer. This is especially important for cool-season grasses such as fescue, bluegrass and perennial rye grass. This winter treatment will help keep your lawn strong under the stress of winter temperatures.
    4. Spread grass seed. Prepare your grass for new growth by spreading grass seed on spots that are patchy or bare. It is best to seed when the temperatures are between 60 and 70 degrees. New grass in the spring will help to eliminate weed seeds from taking over your lawn.
    5. Plant trees, shrubs and perennials. Fall is the perfect time to plant new trees, shrubs and perennials as the warm soil and cool days allows for great root establishment. Another benefit is that they are often on sale this time of year.
    6. Avoid pruning. Take care to not prune your plants in the fall. Pruning stimulates new growth that can become damaged by the harsh winter weather.
    7. Mow your lawn shorter. Your lawn should be mowed up until the first hard frost of the season. At your last mowing of the year, lawns should be cut shorter than usual at about 2”-2 ½” high.
    8. Aerate your lawn. To establish an even better route for nutrients and water to get to the roots of your grass in the winter, aerate your lawn. This will help prevent your soil from compacting and prevent thatch buildup.
    9. Drain your irrigation pipes. To prevent your sprinkler system from being damaged in the harsh, freezing winter temperatures, shut off your sprinkler water supply and drain the pipes. There are several ways to drain your pipes: a manual drain valve, an automatic drain valve or the compressed air blow-out method.


    March Newsletter

    Safe and efficient traffic movements on roadways are vital for any and all locations. As traffic is an ever growing concern for jurisdictions, it becomes necessary to change, update traffic flows and determine feasibility of proposed improvements. Traffic engineering is the form of civil engineering that focuses on the design and construction of streets and roads in order to best facilitate traffic movements while maintaining the designed level of service.

    Reeve & Associates New Hire!

    Reeve & Associates is excited to welcome Jeremy Draper, PE, MBA as the newest member of their team.

    Jeremy attended Utah State University where he earned his bachelor’s in civil engineering in 2004 and then later earned his executive master of business administration from the University of Nevada.

    In his new role, Jeremy will provide plan design and project assistance as well as overseeing quality control and assurance for Reeve & Associates projects and help ensure the timeliness and organization of all project functions to meet deadlines.

    His extensive experience in the construction and engineering industries spans both large and small scale projects such as mining, roadways, commercial civic buildings and parks. Jeremy’s talent and experience in development and engineering will be a great asset to their team as they continue to grow and expand their project development portfolio.