Lake Country Land Professionals provides land surveying services to property owners, developers and contractors in the greater Rice County area of southcentral Minnesota. Our work also takes us to Scott, LeSueur, Dodge, Dakota, Steele, Waseca and Blue Earth counties.

BOUNDARY SURVEYS -- We measure and delineate property lines, establishing the boundaries of a parcel of land using its legal description. This involves setting iron pipes with plastic Registered Land Surveyor (RLS) caps or verifying existing monuments (markers) at property corners. Often these are in the form of iron rods, axels, pipes, cast iron or concrete monuments. In the past, wooden posts, blazes in trees, piled stone corners or other types of monuments have also been used to mark original government corners. A certificate of survey is then drafted from the data we collect in the field to provide a representation of the parcel surveyed.

TOPOGRAPHIC SURVEYS -- We map the location physical features, trees and other natural features, as well as structures. (This is known as the horizontal and vertical aspects of a property).

CONSTRUCTION SURVEYING -- We survey existing conditions of the work site, including topography, existing buildings and underground infrastructure and utilities whenever necessary (for example, measuring invert elevations and diameters of sewers at manholes). We stake out building corners and grid lines that will guide construction of new structures, primarily roads and buildings. We also verify the location of structures during construction, and conduct “as-built” surveys to verify the location of any physical changes.

PLATTING -- We map the official subdividing of land into parcels and record it as a subdivision or plat.

DESCRIPTIONS -- We create property descriptions, providing a record of the exact location of the parcel for the purposes of easements, mortgages or transfers.

FLOOD INSURANCE LETTER OF MAP AMENDMENTS (“LOMA”) -- We prepare Elevation Certificates for property owners applying to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to have specific property removed from the “100-year” floodplain maps.

FEMA, in administering the National Flood Insurance Program in the early 1970s, published maps showing the areas of a community that are subject to flooding. The maps designate Special Flood Hazard Areas -- commonly known as the “100-year” floodplain, where there is a 1 percent or greater chance of flooding in any given year. Properties within a map’s floodplain are required to carry flood insurance.

Recognizing that some areas may have been inadvertently included in the floodplain, or that changes may be made to raise an area above the floodplain, FEMA has a process in place that allows a property or structure to be removed from the floodplain map. The process is known as the “Letter of Map Amendment,” or LOMA. In most cases, applicants need to contact a licensed land surveyor or engineer to prepare an Elevation Certificate for the property as part of the LOMA request.

Local property owners are advised to consult a licensed land surveyor or engineer when preparing a LOMA request. We know of an instance in Faribault where adjoining and near identical properties were referred to different national clearing house firms to determine the need for flood insurance or a LOMA. In this case one clearing house placed a property in the flood plain and the other did not. Only a licensed surveyor such as Lake Country Land Professionals really knows Rice County and is prepared to determine accurate elevations.