As I was plotting a mylar yesterday I started wondering why we're still doing that still. I'm sure mylar came about as something that was more durable than linen, and could be used in a blueprint machine.
Now no one uses a blue print machine, so why couldn't it be plotted just to paper, while not as durable, can safely make the trip to the Recorder's office to be scanned. And then, why not just submit an in-house scan or digital dwg?
It makes more sense to me than still plotting to this plastic that is more susceptible to damage by mishandling and the elements.
Colorado did revise the statute last year that eliminates the requirement for film. So we can prepare a plat on paper which gets scanned into the record and the paper returned to the surveyor for safe keeping. It now becomes the surveyor's responsibility to store the original for the minimum number of years which might be 10, or 13 or maybe forever. The counties and municipalities have not all addressed this issue in their codes.
It is the multiple signature part of subdivision plats that I haven't figured out with confidence.
Sorry to be a curmudgeon but a wet signed Mylar of a subdivision map/ROS in B/W stable ink, no BS electrostatic Xerox powder technique, should be filed at the County Courthouse and put in the vaults. Vellum, silver halide, Mylar etc. maps survive for hundreds of years, maybe thousands. That is the definitive map and scans, electronic originals (ACad, Microstation, PDFs etc.) become unrecoverable as the decades pass due to software obsolesce, media failures and "gosh, we have these 4" floppies but no reader to open them."
I'm OK with a comitant electronic submittal so the GIS guys can tune up their database. I read a wide ranging article on archival data storage and they concluded the hierarchy was scratches in stone, followed by vinyl phonographic albums, with ink on stable media coming in a close third. Electronic files of text or maps was considered ephemeral.
The actual physical map, filed or recorded over the counter is the gold standard and "electronic" submittals are fraught with confusion and obsolescence as the decades pass. I don't like it.
My only beef is that they even mentioned email. An Attachment( is never secure, no matter what anyone says, period) is easily stripped off and violated.
The only way to legitimize that process is to use a system like docusign, or hell the system that the friggin courts use. No email, no way. Learn the technology before you try to pass laws on how to mandate it.