Access to Public Road a Stumbling Block To Land Sale as Commissioners Disagree

A man with landlocked property might not be able to sell after County Commissioners declined to grant him a subdivision variance.

Scott Schaffer owns 15 acres between Loehr Road and the Colorado River southeast of La Grange. Schaffer planned to subdivide the property into two tracts: a five-acre tract with an existing house and a 10-acre tract of wooded land. He wishes to sell both.

“I’ll just tell you, we have an offer that’s signed and another party that’s interested,” Schaffer said at the meeting. “I didn’t know I was supposed to do this, and it would be a big help if you would (grant the request).”

The subdivision would normally attract little attention from the Commissioners, except that in this case, neither tract has access to a public road.

County subdivision regulations, which were put in place in 2001, require most tracts of land intended for residential purposes to have at least 30 feet of access to a public road. If not, the subdivider must either grant an exclusive easement for each tract or build roads to reach the new tracts, and those roads have to meet county standards.

 

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