Subdivision regulations guide the division of land into multiple lots (called a plat) and addresses many development factors such as site grading, soil erosion, utility locations, street alignment, traffic circulation, lot sizes, and emergency access.

Subdivision regulations help ensure:

  • New lots conform with zoning requirements
  • Streets are properly aligned with the broader community street system
  • Water, drainage, and sanitary sewer facilities are adequate

A local subdivision control ordinance establishes:

  • Review and evaluation procedures for approving plats
  • Information which must be included on the plat
  • Site design principles and standard for lots, blocks, streets, public places, pedestrian ways, and utilities
  • Required improvements, including streets, sidewalks, water, sewer, curb, and gutter
  • Financing and maintenance responsibilities