If you have a parcel of land that you want to use, you may be considering creating a subdivision and developing the land as multiple units. Land subdivision development can be a great way to increase the returns on your initial investment, and make the most of your property. However, if you have never dealt with land development before, the process can seem complicated. It is always best to work with professionals who can guide you step by step through the subdivision process. Working with professionals will help you avoid the common pitfalls and mistakes that could cost you or that could lead to the rejection of your development plans by your local authority.
Find out what is possible
Every piece of land is different. Land comes in different sizes and shapes, it comes with different elevations, and it comes in different areas with different types of neighbours. Before you can decide what to do with your land, you must conduct some surveys to see what is present on and around your land. The results of these surveys will shape all of the plans for land subdivision development. One of the first surveys that you should carry out is a feature and level survey.
What is a feature and level survey?
Feature and level surveys are often the first step to a successful planning and building application. This type of survey will show you essential data about your property, but it will also provide information about the neighbouring properties. Information on a feature and level survey includes:
- Land contours
- Trees and natural features
- Buildings present on the land and nearby
- Location of drains
- Location of utility services
- Positions of fences and other man-made structures
Each of these factors could impact your plans for the land. Your local authorities, as well as your architects and builders, will want to be aware of each of these features during the planning stage for the land subdivision development. If you skip the survey, you may discover that costly mistakes are made because your chosen design becomes impractical, and your project may never recover. It is best to conduct a feature and level survey at the earliest possible stage, then plan according to what the survey results show.
To find out more about how your land subdivision development can be guided by a feature and level survey, speak to a surveyor in your area today.