Land Subdivision Process : Creating a New Property with Subdivision
Basic Requirements for a New Property Subdivision
- A Title Deed With Its Own Real Property Description
- A Proper Residential Address
- Access To A Public Road
This Subdivided New Property and can be either vacant land or with existing buildings. We will begin by discussing the elements that make up the basic considerations when subdividing vacant land. (Often land with property already on it is the subject of the subdivision process. The essentials are the same, but the property also introduces some interesting questions that we will deal with in the coming weeks.)
Land Subdivision Process 1: Road Frontage
A sufficiently wide frontage to a road is required. The minimum width required is usually set by Council.
If your property fronts onto a major road it will be under the jurisdiction of the Dept. of Main Roads. It may be necessary to consult with the Dept.of Main Roads to make sure that vehicular access meets their criteria.
Sometimes, properties fronting a main road can be subject to noise covenants. Upper floors may have to be soundproofed and insulated to decrease traffic noise. It may also involve restrictions on openings to windows, making the installation of air-conditioning Mandatory.
Land Subdivision Process 2: Minimum Size Lots
The minimum allowable size of the new lot is set by Council. These will vary according to town planning zoning classifications. These Zone Classifications and can be determined by studying local authority town plans where these guidelines are published.
Land Subdivision Process 3: Council Contributions
Another major cost when subdividing are the council’s contributions. These are many and range from fees to provide trees on footpaths, to providing for future extensions to water and sewerage services, usually referred to as ‘headworks’. Each Council have their own rates for these contributions, and it can sometimes be difficult to assess the complete list of charges.
The subdivision of existing buildings is a variant of these conditions, and is an interesting exercise on its own which we will discuss in the weeks to come.
Next-up; assessing the services you need, if everything stacks up so far.
If you are unsure, please feel free to contact us for a free assessment from out qualified staff of the subdivision potential of your property.