Contentious access road leads to court

Law of the Land

The Binnses and the Stewarts owned neighboring lots on a cul-de-sac in Cedar County, Iowa. The Stewarts’ lot contained and ran 10 feet beyond a paved, blacktop driveway that provides access to the subdivision’s well. The Binnses’ lot adjoins the Stewarts’ just past the 10-foot overrun after the driveway.

The Stewarts bought their lot from Wilton Motors via a warranty deed that contained two easements, including one that reserved to neighbors Wilton Motors and its successors — including the Binnses — "access to the said portion of the driveway from the cul-de-sac to and including the No. 1 well easement."

Under the deed, easements and access "shall be permanent and shall run with the land."