Questions About a Notice of Survey

If you have received a Notice of Survey from INDOT or the Environmental Assessment Section, you may be wondering what it means. In the early stages of a project's development, INDOT must collect as much information as possible to ensure that sound decisions are made in designing the project. Before entering onto private property to collect that data, INDOT is required to notify landowners that personnel will be in the area and may need to enter onto their property. INDOT's authority to enter onto any property in Indiana is addressed in the Indiana Code.

Receipt of a Notice of Survey does not necessarily mean that INDOT will be buying property from you. It doesn't even necessarily mean that the project will involve your property at all. Since the Notice of Survey is sent out in the very early stages and since INDOT wants to collect data within and surrounding the project's limits, more landowners are contacted than will actually fall within the eventual project limits. It may also be that your property falls within the project limits but we will not need to purchase property from you to make improvements to the roadway. Another thing to keep in mind is that when you receive a Notice of Survey, very few specifics have been worked out and actual construction of the project is at least three years away.

Before INDOT begins a project that requires it to purchase property from landowners, INDOT must first offer the opportunity for a public hearing. If you were on the list of people who received a Notice of Survey, you should also receive a notice informing you of your opportunity to request a public hearing. These notices will also be published in your local papers so that interested individuals who are not adjacent to the project will also have the opportunity to request a public hearing.

If a public hearing is is to be held, INDOT will publicize the date, location, and time. INDOT will present detailed project information at the public hearing, comments will be taken from the public in spoken and written form, and question and answer sessions will be offered. Based on the feedback INDOT receives from the public, a project can be modified and improved to better serve the public.

So, if you have received a Notice of Survey, remember:

  1. You do not need to take any action at this time.  It is merely letting you know that people in orange vests are going to be in your neighborhood.
  2. The project is still in its very early planning stage.
  3. Construction is a long way off.
  4. You will be notified of your opportunity to comment on the project at a later date.