What is a Subdivision?

Subdivision means the creation or division of a lot, tract, parcel or other unit of land for the immediate or future purpose of sale, building development or redevelopment, for residential, recreational, industrial, commercial or public uses.  The word “subdivide” or any derivative thereof shall have reference to the term subdivision, including mobile home courts, the creation of which constitutes a subdivision of land. (WSA §18-5-302)

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1. What is a Subdivision?
2. What is the purpose of Subdivision Regulations?
  • To encourage planned subdivisions by establishing standards for design and improvements and to minimize the loss of productive agricultural land. 
  • Prevent overcrowding of land and to lessen congestion of streets and highways
  • To provide adequate space, light, and air to protect property values. 
  • To make efficient use of energy and services, 
  • To safeguard the interests of the public, the property owner and the subdivider. 
  • Prevention of pollution of land, air, and water resources. 
  • To ensure equitable processing of all subdivision proposals by establishing uniform procedures and standards.