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What is a subdivision?

Jul 16, 2021

Kiritsis Law Group 212 922 0005

By: John Kiritsis, Esq., CPA, MBA, MS, JD, LL.M

Generally, a subdivision refers to a process marked with strict requirements that aims in dividing land into lots and streets. A subdivision is often created by a plat. A jurisdiction’s laws, public policy priorities, and local legal customs revolving around subdivisions could have monumental importance on its residential housing and commercial property development. A number of federal laws aimed at creating some uniformity regarding subdivisions among different jurisdictions has achieved only limited and varying results.  It used to be that subdivision was almost entirely associated with suburban living; however, advances in mapping and surveying technology along with urbanization, have fueled the use/creation of subdivision in some urban areas. Ideally, a subdivision should be designed after careful study with trying to find the perfect balance between the maximization of usage by the public and making it easier for developers to subdivide the plats. Unfortunately, we don’t live in an ideal world. Politicians are often tempted to use subdivisions as a means of maintaining electoral support, which sometimes can have racial overtones. Also, developers may have other incentives when dividing the land, such as, tax structuring and obtaining financing.


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