The developer of a 100+ acre site had already invested a large amount of money in developing the site’s infrastructure. The site included commercial property and three adjacent lots with roads and sewers but no improvements. Due to time constraints, the phased progression of the construction, and widespread economic downturn, a large portion of the site was cleared for development and left abandoned. Over time, it experienced overgrowth and developed a naturally successional wetland fringe.
We were contacted to do a wetlands delineation and discovered that the power company had recently performed a wetlands delineation themselves, as part of their maintenance of the corridor easement running through the property. Their delineation was restricted to only the easement itself. To a lay person, however, it could appear that it applied to the entire undeveloped portion of the site.