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Duane Frymire
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Well, you can do anything you want.  But a court may not enforce it in the future against someone who claims they didn't know about it, and maybe not even against someone who did know about it.  Depends on what type of system you have in the area. One of the biggest problems is getting the transaction to show up in both chains of title in order to get protection under recording statutes.  The other problem is it is not a valid contract under normal rules of contract law (hence merger requires complete ownership of both parcels, no outstanding liens, mortgages, etc.).

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Peter Lothian
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"Declaration of Easements and Covenants" - the easements become part of a valid contract when the first lot is sold, and its deed references the land as "...benefiting from, and subject to..." the declaration.

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Duane Frymire
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Yep, but if no lot is sold.... or....   gets complicated.

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TickMagnet
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I've called these  springing easements          sample below

 

THE CITY OF CINCINNATI (“CITY”), AN OHIO MUNICIPAL CORPORATION, AS THE FEE OWNER OF THE REAL ESTATE DEPICTED ON THIS PLAT (THE “PROPERTY”), HEREBY RESERVES AND CREATES FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE CITY (THE “GRANTEE”), A PERMANENT CHANNEL EASEMENT TOGETHER WITH THE RIGHT OF ENTRY AND RE-ENTRY IN AND UPON THE LANDS SHOWN ON THIS PLAT, SAID EASEMENT TO BE AS SHOWN HEREON, FOR THE CONSTRUCTION, PERPETUAL MAINTENANCE, RECONSTRUCTION, REPAIR, AND OPERATION OF THE STORMWATER SEWER SYSTEM, INCLUDING THE SEWER AND SEWER APPURTENANCES OF THE CITY OF CINCINNATI, ITS SUCCESSORS OR ASSIGNS, SUCH EASEMENT TO TAKE EFFECT ONLY AT SUCH TIME AS THE CITY CONVEYS THE FEE INTEREST IN THE PROPERTY OR A PORTION OF THE PROPERTY AFFECTED THEREBY TO A THIRD PARTY (“PROPERTY OWNER”). SAID EASEMENT SHALL RUN WITH THE LAND AND SHALL INURE TO THE BENEFIT OF THE CITY AND BE BINDING UPON PROPERTY OWNER AND ITS SUCCESSORS-IN-INTEREST WITH RESPECT TO THE PROPERTY.

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Just A. Surveyor
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Yep, seen it done often exactly as describe. Multiple properties owned by the same person.  However it can cause problems about who is entitled to use it so one has to be careful with the description and permissible usage.

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Andy J
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 you can't grant yourself rights you already have. 

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Daniel Ralph
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I agree with the Doctine of Merger being a cold bath on this one.

And in part the concept of Statute of Frauds in the State of Washington might preclude a conveyance where there is no monetary compensation. 

However, a corridor across ones property can be "declared" and likely be enforceable once a certain event, such as a conveyance, death, compensation etc. has occurred. But why would you want to do what the OP suggests in the first place unless you wanted to dance around the law? 

Now, I am no lawyer so don't pick a fight with me but if you want to chat with one about this very topic, I can link you to her. 

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