Subdivision is the legal division of a single parcel of land into two or more smaller parcels. By subdividing land, each parcel created is given a separate land title. Before being registered with Alberta Land Titles, each subdivision must receive subdivision approval and endorsement from the City’s Subdivision Approval Authority.
What Is The Process?
- Concurring Redistricting and Subdivision Applications
- Pre-Application Meeting
- Application Submission
- Circulation of the Application
- Application Evaluation and Recommendation
- Subdivision Authority Meeting
- Subdivision Approval Extension
- Development Agreement
- Plan Registration
Concurrent Redistricting and Subdivision Applications
If you are planning on subdividing your land and are required to redistrict your land, both applications can be submitted at the same time. However, prior to receiving a decision on the subdivision, City Council must approve the redistricting application.
Before any application is submitted, planning requires a meeting with the applicant and may include staff from the City’s Planning, Engineering, and other departments. This is required to discuss the proposed development and helps both the applicant and staff to determine what would be required to make your application reality.
To book a meeting please contact (780) 929-3321 or email email@example.com
Once the applicant has submitted a subdivision application package including fees, Administration reviews the application for completeness. Once an application has been deemed complete, an acceptance letter will be sent to the applicant.
Circulation of the Application
Once an application has been deemed complete, Administration will prepare a series of letters and maps that will be sent to stakeholders. Stakeholders include:
- External Referrals (provincial government bodies, school boards, utility companies, adjacent municipalities, etc.);
- Internal Referrals (Administration and Council); and,
- Adjacent landowners and interested parties
Stakeholders have a 30 days circulation period to provide comments and voice in writing any concerns or support for the application. The applicant will be provided copies of the comments received or a summary, and will be expected to address and rectify any issues that arise.
Application Evaluation and Recommendation
The application will be reviewed to ensure it is in compliance with the City’s Statutory Plans including the Land Use Bylaw. It will also be evaluated on criteria including accessibility to roads, water, storm water, sanitary services, and neighbourhood land uses.
Once all comments are received, Administration will prepare a report to the Subdivision Authority. This report outlines the specifics of the parcel and the proposal, and determines what conditions must be met before the subdivision can be endorsed for registration at Alberta Land Titles.
Subdivision Authority Meeting
The Director of Planning and Development is delegated as the subdivision authority. They have the authority to approve or refuse a plan of subdivision. The Subdivision Authority is required by the Municipal Government Act to render a decision on a Subdivision Application within 60 days of the application being deemed complete by Administration.
To see more information on past and present Subdivision Authority Meeting Agenda’s and Minutes, you can head to our Subdivision Authority page.
Subdivision Approval Extension
The applicant may request a time extension to the conditional subdivision approval if the conditions are not satisfied within the required 1-year period. Once this request has been submitted, Administration will circulate the application internally for review to ensure it is still in compliance with the City’s Statutory Plans and other planning related documents.
Once all comments are received, Administration will prepare a report to the Subdivision Authority to render a decision.
If you are subdividing a large parcel or multi lot subdivision, the City may require the applicant to enter into a Development Agreement with the City. Development Agreements are coordinated through the Planning and Development Department . The Development Agreement identifies issues that must be addressed before a plan of subdivision will be endorsed
The applicant must provide the City with a surveyed plan of what was approved. The plan must be completed by an accredited Alberta Land Surveyor. Once all the conditions of subdivision have been met and the endorsement application submitted, Administration will review and endorse the documents provided by the applicant that are required for land titles registration. The documents are then returned to the applicant’s surveyor or agent.
Once all the documents have been endorsed, the application is ready for registration with Alberta Land Titles. It is the responsibility of the surveyor to register the plan with Alberta Land Titles. The applicant has one year from the date of conditional approval to meet all conditions of subdivision and apply for endorsement.
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