An Introduction to Subdivisions

If you want to find out about subdivisions, you are in the right place. This article provides an introduction to subdivisions. Read on to learn more.

What is a subdivision?

The term subdivision usually refers to a residential area. You might have heard about developments built on old farmland. Subdivisions aren't just about new homes — but can also include schools, shopping centres, medical facilities and other structures.

How does the process start?

A subdivision typically starts with the purchase of a large plot of land by a developer who then divides it into individual lots for sale or lease. The land is transferred according to metes and bounds. In the case of agricultural land, subdivisions are sometimes called "land divisions". Sub and land division maps are drawn by surveyors who keep exact records of what they have drawn. The main feature of a subdivision is the "metes and bounds" lines. This prose narrative description defines the area covered by the subdivision in sequence from a fixed starting point. This enables buyers to identify the boundaries of their properties.

How are the metes and bounds calculated?

A metes and bounds subdivision is based on an accurate survey of the land that is then divided into equal-sized tracts or lots. Each lot will be assigned a number or letter so it can be easily distinguished. The process is similar to how houses are identified in one neighbourhood from another neighbourhood by street names and numbers. When parcels of land are subdivided into equal lots, it is then possible to develop a subdivision so it helps people build their homes and provide them with the needs they want. They can then have privacy and have space to live comfortably.

How are things recorded?

A surveyor will measure the dimensions of each area and create legal descriptions for each lot. Surveyors also draw up maps showing the shape and location of every lot. This helps plan safe fire roads, cul-de-sacs, lakes, water features, walking paths or just on general maintenance issues. Because of their knowledge and expertise on land subdivision, surveyors can deliver accurate information. This makes them an invaluable part of both residential and commercial developments which require subdivisions.

If you would like to find out more about subdivision, you should make contact with a team of surveyors. A member of the team will be more than happy to chat with you about your project before explaining how the services they offer could benefit you. So, don't hesitate, get in touch today.