It’s no secret that land is a valuable commodity. As the world population continues to grow, the demand for land will only increase. This has led many people to ask the question, “How do I subdivide land?”
You need to know a few things before you can answer that question. In this article, we’ll go over the things you need to know about subdivisions.
Check for Restrictions
In some areas, there are restrictions on how small you can subdivide a lot. The local zoning commission, the HOA, or the developer may set the restrictions. You’ll need to check with your local municipality to see if there are any restrictions.
Most restrictions are in place to keep the area from becoming too cluttered. If there are a lot of small lots, it can make the area seem like it’s overdeveloped. The restrictions help to keep the area looking nice.
Evaluate the Market
When you’re looking at the market, you need to see if there’s a demand for these types of lots. If there is, you can feel good about investing in this land. If there isn’t, you might want to hold off and see if the market changes.
Get in Touch with the Local Planning, Zoning, and/or Development Office
You’ll want to contact the local planning office and ask about zoning restrictions. What can you build on the land? What can’t you build on the land?
You should also ask about any future plans for the land. What if there’s a school going on right next to the land? What if the city wants to build a new highway? These are all things you need to know before you buy the land.
Once you’ve decided that there aren’t any restrictions on the land, you can move forward with your purchase.
Determine if New Infrastructure Will be Needed
Depending on how the land is currently used, it might need some new infrastructure before you can move forward with building. This could include installing a new access road, adding a septic system, or installing new utilities.
If you’re building a home, you’ll need to connect to a water supply, power, and septic system. On the other hand, if you’re building a commercial business, you’ll need to connect to a sewer system.
You can have a land surveyor do an initial evaluation of the land to identify any potential issues that might need to be addressed. They can also provide you with an estimate of the cost of the new infrastructure.
Hire a Land Surveyor
A land surveyor will determine the exact boundaries of the land you’re planning to buy. They will also identify any easements or other restrictions on the land.
The land surveyor will also identify any improvements that have been made to the land, such as a house or other structures.
If you’re buying a lot that has never been developed, the surveyor will also identify any potential issues that need to be addressed, such as a septic system or power lines.
Once the survey is complete, the surveyor will provide you with a report that includes all of this information.
In conclusion, subdividing land is a complex process that requires careful thought and planning. There are many things to consider when subdividing land, such as the property’s size and shape, the land’s topography, the availability of utilities, and the zoning regulations in the area.
If you are thinking about subdividing your land, it is important to consult with an experienced land developer or surveyor to help you navigate the process. There are many things to consider, and getting it done right can save you time and money in the long run.
California Builder Services is your land subdivision consultant. We also specialize in DRE public reports processing, HOA budgeting, and reserve studies. Get in touch with us.