Subdivision review regulations
control how land is divided into smaller parcels, which is a key
factor in the overall future growth and development of a community.
While the simple division of land may not appear to be very important,
that action may spur other development, trigger the need for additional
municipal infrastructure, or possibly produce demands for rezoning
of an area.
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At a minimum, most subdivision regulations are intended to ensure
that when development occurs, the streets, lots, infrastructure
and open space are properly and safely designed. More comprehensive
subdivision regulations focus on whether a proposal meets the
municipality's land use objectives. Thus, subdivision regulations
can be used to promote a community land development pattern that:
1) encourages preservation of open space, 2) discourages strip
development along roads, 3) encourages an interconnected street
network, or 4) supports an efficient provision of public services.
Although people typically think of multi-lot subdivisions as
part of a large development when they think of the term "subdivision,"
subdivision review regulations may also apply to any simple division
of land for the purpose of sale, transfer of ownership, or development.
Typically, subdivision ordinances require applicants to submit
scaled drawings ("plats") which show the layout of lots,
roads, driveways, details of water and sewer facilities, topography