Many people subdivide and develop their land to provide land ownership opportunities for their families, supplement their income, or to decrease the size of their taxable land. If you are considering subdividing your rural residential or agricultural property, follow these 9 simple steps to ensure your division and development will multiply your opportunities and earnings.


A professional engineer and design team can perform many of the steps listed below - quickly and efficiently. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your planned subdivision and development, call JME World Consultants today, and add their knowledge to your side of the equation.

1. Determine how many lots you want to subdivide.
This will depend on the size of your land, the zoning, the location of any existing buildings and land features, and any wastewater management systems
currently operating on the land.

2. Confirm any area plans, easements, and limitations.
In some areas, a municipal secondary plan or area development plan will offer a guide to development. Likewise, hidden obstructions such as pipelines and highway no-build zones may limit your development opportunity. It is important to be aware of these restrictions before making an application.

With the high growth rate in Manitoba, it is becoming more difficult to find suitable land for a new home, especially for a young family!

3. Speak to your neighbours, councilor, planning district, and RM representatives.
It is a good idea to understand the general feeling of the neighbourhood before you get started, and to let people know your plans before they read about it in print. RM staff can be very helpful at clarifying the information that you need to know.

4. Confirm any drainage restrictions or develop a stormwater management plan.
Many regions now require you to release water slowly from your land, to limit the impact on RM ditches and Manitoba rivers and lakes. An engineer can help you decide how stormwater will be managed in your development area.

5. Prepare a sketch and file your subdivision application.
Along with the filing of the application at your local planning district office, provide a sketch that conceptually indicates the proposed lots, property boundaries, location of existing structures, and location of any on-site waste management system. Providing dimensions between the boundaries and structures is also important.

6.Prepare for the subdivision hearing at a council meeting.
Prepare a brief presentation and justification to support your subdivision and development plans. Be prepared to answer questions about increased traffic, waste management, and drainage, among others. With council approval, you will receive a conditional approval letter in the mail following the meeting.

Tell others about your plans to develop the land and be open to new ideas!

7. Prepare the development designs.
The conditional approval letter will outline the requirements for the creation of sellable lots. In some jurisdictions, the registered legal plans and engineering design drawings are all that are required prior to the land sale. In other situations, you must construct the engineering works prior to the sale or prior to the issuing of a building permit.

Interview Engineers and Legal Surveyors to find the best fit for your development needs.

8. Where there is a development agreement, negotiate and execute the terms.
In certain jurisdictions and for developments with more than 1 newly created lot, a development agreement may provide additional guidance for you, the developer. The development agreement will clarify what you must construct and/or administrate prior to the sale of the lots.

9. Transfer the land and enjoy!
Each of these steps requires time for reviews, designs, and approvals to occur, so subdividing does take some time to happen. However, if you keep your end goals in mind, the results are fruitful and rewarding!


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