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Idaho Society of Professional Land Surveyors

1365 N. Orchard, Suite 259 Boise, ID 83706 (208) 658-9970 Keith Simila, Executive Director Board of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors 1510 E. Watertower St., Suite 110 Meridian, Idaho 83642-7993 January 30, 2014

Dear Mr. Simila, On behalf of the ISPLS membership I would like to express our gratitude for the Board’s support of our initiative to make significant changes to the definition of land surveying in Idaho Code. As you are aware, our Legislative committee has been working towards bringing the definition into alignment with the NCEES Model Law and with our surrounding western states. Our committee has met with stakeholders from ISPE, ACEC, URISA (GIS), and ISB and has had productive and positive results. We have had initial contact and plan to have more significant meetings with AGC in the near future. Our Legislative Committee has reviewed your letter and extensive documentation on our surrounding state land surveying laws and exemptions. We also agree with the Board that there are specific areas of activity that need consideration for exceptions from the areas of work defined by Idaho Code as land surveying: 

Industrial, Private Property, & Mining Exemptions for surveying work on areas within the confines of land owned by corporation or individual and unrelated to an exterior boundary; however, if work performed is subject to government regulation, this may not be the case.

Construction Exemption for surveying work that is unrelated to vertical and horizontal project control, and for staking fixed works that by design are unrelated to land boundaries and public right-of-ways.

Exemption for Other Professionals for work that is for non-authoritative boundaries and non-authoritative elevations.

Exemption for Mapping and GIS work that is for non-authoritative boundaries and non-authoritative elevations.

With these exemptions in mind, we ask that the Board proceed with your efforts towards building a consistent message that describes the content and rationale for other stakeholders. As always, we are available to assist you with any further questions or concerns that may arise. We look forward to our meeting with the board of IBPEPLS on March 4 in Pocatello, when a working draft will be available. Sincerely,

Nathan J. Dang President Idaho Society of Professional Land Surveyors


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