Land Subdivisions: 3 Things to Consider

If you are the owner of a large piece of land, you may wish to separate the area into different subdivisions. Subdivisions can help you to designate different areas of land for various uses. Below is a list of things you will need to do when going through the process of creating subdivisions.

Decide on the type of activity you wish the land to be used for

Before you can start the formal process of applying for doing permits from the local council or government, you will need to establish the type of activity you wish the land to be used for. Not all land is suitable for all purposes, so you should hire a land surveyor who will be able to offer advice about the quality and uses of each proposed subdivision. By taking professional advice from the very start, you can avoid wasting time filling out and filing paperwork only to discover that your plans are impossible to achieve.

Apply for Zoning Permits

Once you have established the details of how you wish to divide the land, you can request a zoning permit from the local authorities. The permit is a legal document which grants you permission to separate the area and to carry out construction or other activity in the various subdivisions. Depending on the location of the land, the local council may attach restrictions or conditions to the zoning permits. These conditions may limit the type, height or number of buildings which can be constructed on any given subdivision. You may also be forbidden from building on some land to order to protect the natural environment or to protect green belt land.

Check that the subdivisions can be connected to local utilities

If you are planning to construct residential or commercial property on a subdivision, it is important that you carry out a survey to ensure that any buildings can be connected up to local utilities such as power, sewer, fresh water, and communications systems. You can do this by contacting the relevant utility companies. If the subdivisions can be connected, it is likely to will have to contribute to the cost of installing phone, power line and water systems. 

If you would like further information about how to create subdivisions, contact a surveyor today. They will be able to inspect your land before making recommendations about how the area could be successfully divided and used.