This survey takes a large parcel of land and divides it into smaller parcels of land known as "lots". This usually must conform to the review process, guidelines and jurisdiction of a local agency (often the village, town or county board within whose limits the property is located). The surveyor begins with a boundary survey, and may also be called to provide a topographic survey or ALTA survey. Often a civil engineer will be contracted to create grading plans, storm drainage, utility and street plans.
Sometimes a plat of easement for utilities and rights of way must be created. After design and approval of the subdivision plat, the surveyor may also be involved in construction layout.
Landowners are often surprised to learn that dividing and selling a portion of their property may require a lengthy process, with government approval far from assured. The necessary steps to subdivide the land and the involvement of the community have greatly changed over the years, with state and local regulations increasing in complexity. Essential knowledge includes subdivision title issues, such as land descriptions, encumbrances, and insurance. Spiewak Consulting will help you to navigate the complex maze of platting, subdivision approvals, and title issues.
The Minimum Standards state the following regarding vertical Subdivisions:
Thus, the minimum standards merely touch upon little more than field procedures when it comes to vertical subdivisions.