What is a subdivision?
Generally, when you divide a piece of land into two or more parcels in order to sell one or more parcels, you are subdividing property and the provisions of Ontario's Planning Act come into effect.
If your proposal involves creating generally only one or two parcels, you may be able to seek approval for a land severance.
Who is the approval authority for Plans of Subdivision?
The City of Oshawa is the approval authority for subdivision and condominiums. Citizens have an opportunity for input for proposed subdivisions.
Subdivision approval ensures that:
- The land is suitable for its proposed new use;
- The proposal conforms to Oshawa's Official Plan and Provincial legislation and policy; and
- The community is protected from development which is inappropriate or might put an undue strain on facilities, services or finances.
What is a "Draft Plan of Subdivision"?
A draft plan of subdivision is a proposal to subdivide property. It generally shows topographic information, natural heritage features, such as creeks and vegetation, and the proposed lots and streets.
What is a "Registered Plan of Subdivision"?
A registered plan of subdivision is a legal document that implements an approved draft plan of subdivision. A registered plan of subdivision shows:
- The exact survey boundaries and dimensions of lots on which houses or buildings are to be built;
- The location, width and names of streets; and
- The sites of any schools, parks or other uses within the plan.
A registered plan of subdivision creates new, separate parcels of land and can be legally used for the sale of lots. It should not be confused with "compiled plans" or "reference plans" which are used simply to describe a parcel of land.
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