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Subdivision is the process whereby a parcel of land is divided into two or more parcels in order to obtain separate legal titles for each parcel. Subdivision is also used for adjustments of existing lot lines, consolidations and condominiums.
Only the landowner or an agent acting on behalf of the landowner may apply for subdivision. Land owners generally hire or contract an Alberta Land Surveyor or other professional to act on their behalf.
The subdivision application is reviewed to make sure it is complete. Only applications that are deemed complete will be accepted and processed.
The proposed plan is reviewed to make sure it is in compliance with all land use planning documents and legislative requirements. It is then circulated both internally and externally to stakeholders for comments, and advertised once in the local paper.
All approvals are conditional. At a minimum, taxes paid will be a requirement of any approval. Conditions may include, but are not limited to, taxes, easements, right-of-ways, service agreement, transportation levies, and dedication of municipal reverse or road widening.
Once the 14 day appeal period is over, the required fees are paid, and all the conditions of the approval are met the applicant can submit the plan and registration documents to the Subdivision Authority for endorsement. It is up to the applicants Land Surveyor to register the plans with Alberta Land Titles.
Alberta Regulation 160/2012 relates to subdivision and development requirements around abandoned well sites. To ensure the subdivision approval process is in compliance with the regulations an Abandoned Wells Declaration form must be completed as part of the subdivision application.
The Subdivision and Development Regulation requires that the Subdivision Authority render a decision on the subdivision within 60 days. This deadline may be extended through an agreement with the applicant.
See subdivision timeline document for complete process time lines.
Fees are required for both the application and the endorsement of the subdivision and are based on the number of lots being subdivided. The fees are established in accordance with the Planning & Development and Engineering Services Fees and Charges Bylaw C-1325 in effect at the time of application or endorsement. Depending on the type of agreements required, there may also be fees associated with legal review of those documents.
If your application for subdivision is not approved or if you disagree with a condition, you may appeal to the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board within 14 days of receipt of the written decision of the Subdivision Authority.
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