Right of Way (ROW) Management Plan

General Information

1.1. Purpose

The purpose of the Road Right-of-Way (Right-of-Way) Management Plan is to establish policies, procedures and guidelines governing the use and management of roadways under the jurisdiction of the Board of Blaine County Commissioners, based on its responsibility to maintain a roadway system that is reasonably safe and convenient for public travel.


2.1. Public Road Rights-of-Way Defined

All public roads are located within land which is referred to as public road rights-of-way (right-of-way).  Within a typical right-of-way, the following public facilities can be commonly found: driving surface, roadside shoulders and borrow areas, public utilities, bike lanes, sidewalks, and traffic signs.  Lands within the right-of-way are reserved for public travel, other public facilities, and their maintenance.  Right-of-way width is established by deed, statute, or through the platting process.  Generally, private use of the right-of-way is only allowed by obtaining an approved approach or encroachment permit.  

2.2. Right-of-Way Establishment

County rights-of-way are established through a variety of processes, including but not limited to dedication through the subdivision platting process, prescriptive use, express easements, and federal grants known as R.S. 2477 roads.  Each right-of-way’s width and scope of enforcement will vary dependent upon the manner in which the right-of-way was established. County rights-of-way are 50 feet wide, in the absence of evidence of establishment of a different right-of-way width. Once established, the right-of-way cannot be abandoned or vacated without express action by the Board of Blaine County Commissioners.  

Complete ROW Documents

Road Right of Way Management Plan

Blaine County Road Right of Way Management Plan

Reference Links

Blaine County Resolution 95-19
Blaine County Resolution 2019-03
Blaine County Road Ordinance 2019-01
Title 6, Ch. 1: Road & Public Ways
Title 8, Ch. 1: County Comprehensive Plan, Transportation
Title 10, Ch. 5: Subdivision Design & Improvement Standards related to roads
Blaine County Road Construction Standards (March, 2018)
Blaine County Roadway Functional Classification (March, 2018)
Blaine County Road Inventory Classifications (March 2018)
Blaine County Recreation District Public Pathway Construction Permit Standards (1994)
US Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) – Highway Functional Classification: Concepts, Criteria and Procedures
Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD, FHWA 2009)
Idaho Code – Title 40 Highways and Bridges 
Idaho Code – Title 55, Chapter 22 Underground Facilities Damage Prevention
Idaho Transportation Department Map Book (updated annually)
Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho (COMPASS) – Functional Classification in a Nutshell
Blaine County Transportation Plan, (Keller & Associates and Galena Engineering, 2012)
Blaine County Community Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan (June, 2014)
Blaine County Geographic Information Systems, Road Information & Land Use Information Layers
Idaho Hwy. 75, Timmerman to Ketchum Environmental Impact Statement, (Idaho Transportation Department, August, 2008)

Forms and Drawings

Blaine County Approach & Encroachment Permit Application
Approaches – Standard Drawing
Rural Major Access – Standard Drawing
Rural Minor Access/Residential – Standard Drawing
Agricultural Access – Standard Drawing
Improved Access – Standard Drawing
Recreational Access – Standard Drawing
Private Road with Public Access – Standard Drawing
Rural Drywell – Standard Drawing 
Underground Utilities - Standard Drawing
Road Cut and Patch - Standard Drawing