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  1. #1
    Mar 2005
    Northern Virginia

    Parcels and subdivision

    How do deal with parcels versus lots, irregular tracts, tax lots in your jurisdictions?

    Do you treat ownership parcel lines as lot lines, or are they more like invisible lines and you measure setbacks, etc. from lot lines.

    How do all of these concepts work together in your codes?

    I am having a huge headache in my jurisdiction right now because parcels and lots, subdivision and zoning is not all on the same page.


  2. #2
    Cyburbian Plus
    Jun 2003
    Definitions from our Subdivision Ordinance:
    "Lot" means the tract of land within a subdivision marked by the subdivider on the plat as a numbered, lettered, or other identified tract of land to be offered for sale, dedication, or development, which is an identifiable parcel of land having frontage on a public street, or right-of-way, or acceptable easements.

    "Parcelization" means a division of land into lots two or more in number, each lot with area greater than five acres, and not involving any new street or other means of access.
    From our Parcelization Proceedure Guide:
    To comply with these requirements, the original parcel must be at least 10 acres, and each proposed lot, including the remainder of the parent parcel, must be at least 5 acres.

  3. #3
    Unfrozen Caveman Planner mendelman's avatar
    May 2003
    Staff meeting
    Well, our state statutes (and therefore our local codes) allow existing tax parcels (generally in existence prior to 1970) to be effectively considered "buildable lots" For example, a parcel that was simply tax parceled from a larger lot (ie a giant old farm, etc.) and is improved can continue to be a buildable "lot" provided it meets all the minimum lot area/width and other bulk regs.

    Our definition of lot includes both tax parcels and platted lots.

    But new tax divisions/parcels cannot be considered buildable on their own. We would require a formal subdivision.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

    Every day is today. Yesterday is a myth and tomorrow an illusion.

  4. #4
    Mar 2005
    Northern Virginia
    My problem is that our state statute allows parcelization and our deeds will accept ANYTHING even if it is essentially an illegal subdivision. They don't give a rat's behind whether or not they're creating a nightmare.

    So I have pieces of land in parcels without being a "lot" and I have lots out there that do not follow parcel lines. I get people who want to divide ownership on lots that are larger than ten acres which by state statute is not a "subdivision" and I cannot require them to come into my domain.

    How in the heck am I supposed to measure setbacks, etc? What would you do? If I treat lot lines and parcel lines the same I will be looking at illegal subdivisions and potential nightmares. It's such a mess.

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