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The Development of Land

What's the Difference Between Subdivision and Development?

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Subdivision refers to a process of dividing a tract or tracts of land for the purpose of creating new titles.

According to the Foothills County Land Use Bylaw:
Development means:

  1. an excavation or stockpile and the creation of either of them,
  2. a building or an addition to or replacement or repair of a building and the construction or placing of any of them in, on, over or under land of any of them,
  3. a change of use of land or a building or an act done in relation to land or a building that results in or is likely to result in a change in the use of the land or building, or
  4. a change in the intensity of use of land or a building or an act done in relation to land or a building that results in or is likely to result in a change in the intensity of use of the land or building.


Subdivision is sometimes a component of the land development process. For instance if someone wanted to develop a large agricultural parcel for the purpose of residential development, they would likely apply to subdivide that parcel into smaller lots of an appropriate size for a residential use. This development process would have other components as well, there may be an outline plan approval required to establish the framework for development followed by a redesignation application to change the land use designation from agricultural to an appropriate residential zoning. Following the land use change an application would be made for subdivision and then a development agreement would be required binding the developer to construct roads, approaches, stormwater management facilities and / or septic or wastewater facilities and to install servicing and to pay any off site levies or other fees deemed applicable by the County.

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