Hello everyone. I'm hoping to find some help with a SMA question. For sake of simplicity, imagine a private property owner has a large square lot, say 100 acres. The county condemns a 100-foot-wide strip running north-south down the middle, from top to bottom, for a new road right-of-way. Then a utility condemns a 100-foot-wide strip running east-west, from end to end, for a transmission line right-of-way. The original square now appears to have a plus sign superimposed upon it. Each agency took fee title to their respective right-of-way, so these are separate parcels owned by the government, not just easements. The remaining private property consists of the four equal quadrants lying outside of the plus sign. All four comply with General Plan and zoning requirements related to lot size, dimensions, etc.
It is clear in the SMA that no map was required and the government parcels are legal lots. It is also clear that the remaining private property was legally divided from what is now the government land. The question is: did the condemnations split the private property into four separate legal lots, or is it one legal lot interrupted by the government parcels?
Thank you in advance for your input!