How long is the subdivision process?
Subdivision applications can take up to 3 to 4 months to process.
Subdivision Application and Information Package is available online or at the Administrative Office in Valleyview.
How many lots can I subdivide from my quarter section?
A ‘First Parcel Out’ or ‘Farmstead’ Subdivision occurs on a quarter section that has not been previously subdivided. The subdivision is one parcel, and is generally restricted to 10 acres in size.
A multi-parcel subdivision application requires rezoning to either Country Residential One (CR-1) District, which allows a maximum of four (4) lots per quarter section or Country Residential 2 (CR-2) District which allows a higher density of multiple lot development with a maximum number of 26 lots per quarter section.
Other types of subdivisions such as commercial or industrial uses are dealt with on an individual basis.
What needs to be submitted with a subdivision application?
The following must be submitted with a Subdivision application:
- A completed Subdivision Application;
- A sketch of the plan of subdivision; and
- Subdivisions fees, outlined in the Schedule of Fees
What needs to be included in the subdivision sketch?
Your sketch must include:
- The location, dimensions and boundaries of the existing titled area and of each new lot to be created;
- The location of all existing buildings;
- The location of natural features on the property (i.e. lake, sloughs or other water body, treed areas, steep banks or ravines); and
- The location of man-made features (i.e. pipelines, oil or gas wells or sewage disposal systems).
When does my property need to be surveyed?
You are responsible for contacting an Alberta Land Surveyor who will prepare a Legal Plan after the subdivision is conditionally approved. Costs vary based on the surveyor, type of plan and number of lots being created. In some cases a Descriptive Plan rather a Plan of Survey may be prepared. If you are unsure which is required for your subdivision, please contact our Planning and Development staff.
When will my subdivision be endorsed?
Your subdivision must be endorsed by the Municipality before your conditional subdivision approval expires. In order for your subdivision to be endorsed you must:
- Meet all conditions of subdivision approval;
- Have your property surveyed by a professional Alberta Land Surveyor; and
- Pay the endorsement fees for each parcel as set out in the Schedule of Fees
Once the plan is endorsed, it is returned to the Surveyor who will take the plan to Alberta Land Titles for registration. Registration of the plan must be completed within 1 year following endorsement.
If you have questions regarding subdividing your land, or have a specific subdivision inquiry, please contact the municipality’s Planning & Development Department. A response on an inquiry is not a decision, but it will give you an idea as to whether your proposal is possible under the current legislation.