Subdividing land is the process of multiplying the number of titles that can be owned and constructed on, essentially creating two or more sections from one original allotment. Whether your current section is too big, has been rezoned or you have a large greenfield site that you are considering developing, there are a number of steps involved in creating separate titles.
The process can sometimes be lengthy and costly, but that isn’t to deter anyone from undertaking the challenge as a subdivided section can be very successful under the right circumstances. With that in mind, it’s important to start the process fully aware of what’s involved so that you have the greatest chance for success.
For a property to be subdividable, you must first meet the requirements of your local council’s district plan. Specific to your region, district plans include the different planning controls and development standards that regulate things like the minimum size of a section, maximum sizes of buildings and their positions in relation to boundaries, vehicle access (driveways) and parking requirements.
When it comes to most urban subdivisions there are three common types: fee simple, unit title and cross-lease, and each has different rules around ownership of the titles they create.
A fee simple subdivision is what most people are familiar with and subsequently the most common. It creates one or more additional sections from an existing parcel of land and new titles to go with them.
A unit title creates individual titles to units, apartments or dwellings that occupy one single piece of land known as a ‘principal unit’. Usually found in apartment complexes, these kinds of subdivisions require a body corporate to manage and maintain common facilities such as driveways, stairwells and foyers.
Cross-leases are less desirable, but similar to unit titles in the sense that ownership over the household unit is determined by the title, however, the remainder of the section and/or common areas are held by a number of people – not one corporate body. Find out more about cross-leases in our last blog post.
Having made the decision to subdivide, it’s time to get in touch with one of our planners or surveyors to get the ball rolling. A surveyor will start by measuring your property to prepare a plan that will be part of your application to the council for consent, and planners will use that plan when they help you through the application process that involves meeting all the regulations set by your council.
Should the need for servicing arise, you may need to bring in engineer as well, but by choosing to work with Baseline Group you have access to all three services, great advice and a competitive fee with no surprises. As experts in developments large and small, we’re able to calculate the entire cost and walk you through the process so that you’re well informed from the start.