Subdividing land is often necessary, especially in the day-to-day life of most people. Subdivisions are frequently built onto former residential lots and are designed to create a space within a given lot that can be used for a variety of reasons. Many of these subdivisions contain retail stores, fast food restaurants, apartment complexes, and other types of businesses, and some even feature golf courses or athletic fields. If you have purchased a subdivision, but are not happy with the amount of commercial development that has occurred on the site, it may be necessary to request that the county remove some of the subdivision from your property.
Subdivisions have different rules than parcels when it comes to being prepared for the subdividing process, so it’s important that you familiarize yourself with local government rules before beginning the process. You should contact the county planning department and inquire about the usual rules and regulations that must be followed when subdividing land. The planning department will tell you exactly what steps will need to be taken to prepare the parcel for the subdivision process, and will also inform you who is responsible for paying the costs associated with this process. It’s important that you understand that the costs that must be paid by you, as well as the costs that must be paid by the person selling you the parcel of land, are separate from each other.
When purchasing residential lots for purposes of subdividing, you should keep in mind that many counties are now requiring that at least part of the parcel be rezoned in order to be able to proceed with subdividing the land. Regardless of which county you live in, it is necessary that at least part of the land to be rezoned in order to proceed with subdividing land. In many instances, it is required that the entire piece of property to be rezoned in order to take advantage of the new subdivisions being created, and if your original piece of land was not re-zone to a residential lot, it may be impossible to have it redone as a residential lot. If your County Engineer has not advised you whether or not you must re-zone the land in question, it is a good idea to ask him or her so you don’t end up with problems down the road.