Primary Components of the Land Subdivision Process in New Zealand

Crane doing construction on landBuying land is only the first step toward realising your property development dream. There are instances when you need to subdivide the land into smaller lots as per your development plan. Land subdivision is not as easy as demarcating plots.

It requires expertise and comprises several elements. If you are subdividing land for whatever reason, planning consultants will form a significant part of your team. Here are some components of land subdivision they will handle.

A Scheme Plan

After confirmation of your subdivision type and completion of feasibility studies on your land, a scheme plan is drafted. This contains all the necessary information of your land division proposal including servicing layouts, proposed roads, and new boundary locations. A scheme plan also usually includes topographical details of your land which are used for your construction’s design works and other engineering designs. For large subdivisions, engineering designs are used in place of a scheme plan.

Resource Consents

Your land’s subdivision and its use need to comply with the local council’s and state’s regulations. To ensure you comply with all existing laws, your planning consultants will submit resource consent to the council. The resource consent application details your subdivision proposal and is accompanied by your scheme plan and an assessment of effect describing the impact of your subdivision on the environment.

Cadastral Surveying

After issuance of resource consent, the process of a cadastral survey or land transfer begins. The original land is defined using historical survey information before pegging the proposed allotments. Your consultant will then lodge this survey information with LINZ (Land Information New Zealand), as the basis for production of your new land titles.

The consultant will liaise with different players in the land subdivision process to ensure you comply with all conditions. Once your compliance is signed off, they will liaise with a solicitor to create the new title certificates. With the subdivision complete, the consultants will then now handle your land development.