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In the recent case of Burdette v. Brush Mountain Estates, LLC, the Virginia Supreme Court tackled head on what it takes to convey an easement. Burdette acquired two parcels of land by deed, which stated that the conveyance was “made subject to all easements, reservations, restrictions and conditions of record affecting the hereinabove described property,” and referred to a boundary line adjustment plat that was recorded in the land records. The plat depicted a fifty-foot easement traversing both parcels and this notation” ‘50’ PRIVATE EASEMENT FOR INGRESS, EGRESS AND PUBLIC UTILITY FOR THE BENEFIT OF [Brush Mountain’s property], IS HEREBY CONVEYED.”

Brush Mountain owned an adjacent parcel to the east of Burdette’s property. Brush Mountain submitted a request to rezone its parcel. To develop its property, Brush Mountain would need to rely on the easement for access. When Burdette discovered Brush Mountain’s plans, Burdette filed a complaint for declaratory judgment against Brush Mountain, contesting the existence of the easement.