Q: I own 2 lots in Narragansett RI. There is a paper road between the two properties. Does the town own the paper road.
The paper road is woods and swamp, not even a path or dirt road exists. It probably could not be made into a road because of water table. It was platted over 70 years ago. Does the town own the land or just hold a ROW for the property? The other roads in the neighborhood are paved and maintained by the town but nothing has been done with the paper road.
The paper road is just that a road on the plan that was once anticipated to be a road. The only way to determine the ownership of that paper road is by conducting a title examination. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to ask. Thank you.
A paper road remains the town's property even if the town does nothing with it. The town does not have to build a road on it in order to keep it as a paper road. The town retains the option to build a road on the area of the paper road at any time in the future.
As for whether or not the land is buildable as a roadway, you will have to assume that it is. It might be expensive to do it, but it can be done.
Sorry I don't have any good news for you.
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