FAQs

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FAQs2017-08-16T10:55:07+00:00

Who owns the roads in Rustic Ranches?2016-08-29T15:19:59+00:00
  1. The Rustic Ranches Subdivision was created through an Affidavit of Exemption pursuant to the Palm Beach County Subdivision Ordinances. The Affidavit of Exemption was recorded in ORB 2916 on pages 1328 through 1330.
  2. The roadway easements are EASEMENTS. They are a part of each individual lot and without the roadway easement, the lots were not big enough to meet the minimum exemption size of greater than 5.00 acres. There is a note on the subdivision exhibit which states that all lots contain 217,800 sf (5 acres). The lot area includes the roadway and drainage easements.
  3. Pine Tree Water Control District was specified in the South Florida Water Management District Permit as the maintenance entity. PTWCD has an easement, not a right-of-way.
  4. The underlying land belongs to the property owner. PTWCD has an easement, not a right-of-way.
Land Development Regulation Information (from Municode Library)2015-04-21T19:32:47+00:00
Rustic Ranches Information2015-04-21T19:08:26+00:00
Fence Permits / Canal Easements: Not Roads2017-08-16T10:55:08+00:00

The property underlying canal easements are owned by the adjacent property owner with an easement granted to the District.

The District does not allow the property owner to obstruct the easement.  The reason for this requirement is to allow District personnel “unobstructed”  access to conduct weed control spraying, mowing and other canal  maintenance activities.  Locked gates, fences, disabled vehicles, etc impede  the District’s activities and therefore, raise the cost of providing maintenance.

Some people believe that these canal easements are “public property”, “THEY ARE NOT.”

The only people allowed to utilize canal easements are the underlying individual lot owner, District staff and emergency vehicles.  All others are illegally TRESPASSING.

The Board has consistently required unobstructed access along all easements, but understanding the concerns of residents with regard to trespassers they have encouraged property owners to obtain gate permits and  post “NO TRESPASSING” signs on the gate(s) so that law enforcement officers  can take appropriate action to minimize unlawful access.

To contact the Sheriff’s office to report any incidents, call (561)688-5447 (non emergency numbers)

If you, the property owner, wish to install a fence along the canal easement you may request a permit to do so as outlined in the Pine Tree Water Control District Policy Regarding Fences and Walls.

Who owns the canal easement?2015-04-09T00:11:41+00:00

The property itself is owned by the adjacent property owner with a canal/maintenance easement granted to the District.  The easement grants the District certain rights to access and/or improve the property for purposes described in the easement language.

Can I build in the easement?2017-08-16T10:55:08+00:00

The District does not allow the property owner to obstruct the easement.  The reason for this requirement is to allow District personnel “unobstructed” access to conduct weed control spraying, mowing, and other canal maintenance activities.  Locked gates, fences, disabled vehicles, etc. impede these activities, and therefore, raise the cost of providing maintenance.  Some people believe that these canal easements are “public property”, they are not.  The only people allowed to utilize canal easement are the underlying property owner and the District staff.  All others are trespassing.