Riparian Rights of Front-Lot Owners: The Statutory “Base Fee”

The Court upheld the presumption established in prior cases that only fee simple ownership of an intervening strip or an express reservation in an applicable recorded instrument can sever riparian rights of a front-lot owner. In 2000 Baum, although the statutory “base fee” dedication of the strip of land “to the use of the public” was deemed vested in fee for public use pursuant to the Plat Act, the Court determined that the conveyance did not divest riparian rights, rejecting the road commission’s claim to fee title and the back-lot owners’ access and usage claims. 

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