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What Is Involved in a Subdivision Survey?

A Subdivision Survey is a process that involves dividing a parcel of land into smaller lots or tracts for  development. The survey is typically carried out by licensed land surveyors and involves several steps and considerations. Here are the key elements involved in a Subdivision Survey:

Initial Assessment: The surveyor evaluates the existing legal description, boundaries, and topography of the land. They review relevant documents, such as title deeds, plats, and zoning regulations, to understand the property’s characteristics and any restrictions or easements that may impact the subdivision.

Boundary Survey: The surveyor conducts a boundary survey to determine the precise location of the property’s boundaries. This involves measuring and verifying existing boundary markers, monuments, or survey pins, as well as researching historical survey records. The surveyor may also use advanced surveying equipment like total stations and GPS to establish accurate boundary lines.

Topographic Survey: A topographic survey is performed to map the natural and man-made features of the land, including elevations, contours, trees, buildings, utilities, and other relevant elements. This information helps in designing the subdivision layout, ensuring proper drainage, and identifying potential issues or constraints.

Subdivision Design: Based on the assessment, boundary survey, and topographic data, the surveyor collaborates with other professionals like engineers and architects to design the commercial subdivision layout. They determine lot sizes, roadways, easements, setbacks, and other required elements, while considering zoning regulations, accessibility, utilities, and the developer’s requirements.

Plat Preparation: The surveyor prepares a subdivision plat, which is a legal document illustrating the proposed lot layout, dimensions, access points, and any relevant restrictions. The plat is typically submitted to the local government or planning department for review and approval.

Approval Process: The surveyor assists the developer in navigating the subdivision approval process. This may involve submitting the plat, attending meetings or hearings with the planning commission or zoning board, addressing any concerns or modifications requested, and obtaining the necessary permits or approvals.

Construction Staking: Once the subdivision is approved, the surveyor establishes the physical markers and reference points on-site to guide the construction process. This includes staking out lot boundaries, roads, utilities, and other infrastructure based on the approved subdivision plan.

Final Survey: After the subdivision is developed, the surveyor conducts a final survey to ensure that the constructed improvements align with the approved plans. This survey confirms the precise locations, dimensions, and elevations of the lots and infrastructure.

Throughout the process, the surveyor may need to coordinate with other professionals, such as civil engineers, architects, attorneys, and local authorities, to ensure compliance with applicable regulations and standards. The exact requirements and procedures may vary depending on the jurisdiction and specific project details. It is essential to consult with a licensed land surveyor experienced in commercial subdivision surveys to undertake this complex task accurately.

For more information regarding Subdivision Surveys and other surveying services offered by Stoner, please call us at 954-585-0997.

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