Tips For Subdividing Land

Subdividing land requires careful planning well ahead of the time at which the subdivision will occur. However, if you plan accordingly and consult with experts, subdividing land can be successful! Do not attempt a project of this complexity on your own in a DIY (do it yourself) manner. Lean on our team for assistance, follow the tips detailed below, and this process will prove as smooth as possible.

Mind the Steps Necessary for Subdivision

Subdividing a piece of land into smaller pieces for residential and commercial use requires attention to detail. This is not a single step process in the slightest. In fact, there are multiple steps that will take some time to complete. It might take upwards of several months or even several years to complete the subdivision. Be patient, complete all the necessary steps, and your subdivision project will be a success.

Produce a Survey

A survey is required to identify the metes and bounds, meaning the specific boundaries of the property in question. These boundaries set the stage for the proper subdivision of the corner of the property. Land surveys for parcels are priced in accordance with a number of factors including the number of acres, geographic location, and the properties terrain.

A Site Plan is Necessary

The site plan is a detailed document that shows the development plan. The development plan is a description of how one intends to use the land. The amount of detail in the document plan differs from one town to the next. Even the proposed use for the land plays a part in the amount of detail within the site plan. The typical site plans rely on the mapping from the survey, natural resource features, a true north arrow, and elevations. Unnatural developments including paved areas and structures are also considered.

The Property Might Require Rezoning

We urge caution when purchasing a large plot of land that will be used for commercial purposes unless the property is zoned in the proper manner. It is quite challenging to pinpoint available land in residential spaces that are zoned for commercial use. Such plots are typically zoned strictly for residences or rural/agricultural purposes. If the area near the land in question is zoned as non- residential, it might be considered commercial or industrial.

Changing zoning has the potential to prove quite challenging depending on the nuances of the particular area and project. All sorts of different factors have the potential to impact the development time for timely zoning alterations. If the area is in good shape, it might prove challenging to get it rezoned for industrial use. If the land in question is to be used for commercial development yet it is currently zoned differently, you must request a zoning waiver, present a plan to those who staff the zoning board and/or public meetings and provide the board with time for review.

Land Evaluation for Suitability

Development officials typically require in-depth testing along with an extensive evaluation to gauge whether the land will prove suitable for the requested use. Such studies and reviews are a necessary component of the subdivision process. Examples of these tests include site evaluation studies, also called feasibility studies, and environmental impact studies. Feasibility studies consider whether the intended project can actually be implemented on the land.

As long as the soil on the land is acceptable and there is adequate space, your proposed project should pass this evaluation. Environmental impact studies gauge the impact of the proposed project on the surrounding environment in terms of plants, water, air, land, animals, etc.
There is the Potential for Approval With Modifications

After the evaluations are conducted, local boards will gauge whether the proposed project adheres to specific criteria. If the project in question is in full compliance, the office of development will provide approval.
However, if the plan for subdivision is rejected, it is possible to obtain legal remedy through the judicial system. It is much more common for approval to be provided with specific modifications. Implement the suggested changes to achieve compliance and your subdivision of land can move forward in a modified manner.

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Our team is here for your surveying and engineering needs in Connecticut, reach out to us today for assistance! You can contact our surveying specialists by dialing 203-239-4217. If you prefer to reach out to us online, fill out our contact form and we will be in touch at our earliest convenience.

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