A public right-of-way is land acquired by the City and used by the public for the purpose of transport such as highways, streets or trails. It can also be used for utility corridors and gas/oil transmission lines. Because a public right-of-way is dedicated for use by the public, no one can claim ownership or use the right-of-way for exclusive personal use.
An easement is agreed usage of land by someone other than the owner. It is most often used for access and maintenance of utilities that are below ground such as sewer, power and cable. Easements are generally next to public roads and around the perimeter of the lots. They continue to be in effect when the land is sold. No building or structure can be located within an easement without a covenant approved by the City.