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Drew Fitting, Home Buyer in Gilroy, CA

What can the buyer do with the bridge and the foundation? Will they have to be removed, or can something be built there?

Asked by Drew Fitting, Gilroy, CA Wed Oct 3, 2012

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The place to start would be a meeting with you, your Realtor and local city/county planning officials to see what could actually done. All any of us can do in this forum is speculate.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 3, 2012
Hey Carl,

Thanks for your reply; Unfortunately, the realtor listed for this property has not returned any of my inquiries, so I'm about to give up. I know there were no permits pulled for the bridge or the foundation, and if we have to remove all that, it's a deal-breaker. Other than that, we like the property.\

Thanks again,
Flag Wed Oct 3, 2012
Some owners in the area believed in build first and then ask for forgiveness. They believed if they built to County criteria they'g be able to get retroactive approval. The pitfalls for both buyer and seller are that once it is brought to the attention of the County they may red-tag the improvements and/or ask that they be removed. They have even been known to retroactively tax the improvements. There are over a dozen Santa Clara County departments involved in approvals for the building of a residence in County territory, and they may be less likely to approve than they once were. Of particular concerns to the County are fire prevention and access for emergency vehicles, reliable water supply of sufficient quantity, adherence to strict septic system standards, slope control, view shed, ecological impact, and legal subdivision, etc. The County website lists their criteria for development. The mention of a bridge implies access over a waterway. Most waterways in the area are controlled or owned by the Water District who does not like anything to be done in their property/easement without their approval (and a cut of the action - they aren't called the Golden Spigot for no reason). Others have suggested you talk to the County - it is imperative you do so before buying. Buying land should be simpler but in reality can be much more complicated than buying an existing home. Please do not do it without an experienced Realtor at your side. He/she will help you understand the opportunities and pitfalls. BTW - any time you see land for under a hundred thousand there is always a reason - usually location, access and develop-ability issues.

Regards ... Wayne
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 5, 2012
My reading is that the plans were drawn to develop the property and $20K were put into the process. They did not get a city approval though. Find an agent, go see the property and interview the listing agent and the seller to get more details.
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