How do I create a subdivision?
What is a Subdivision?
A subdivision is described in the Ohio Revised Code (711.001) as any of the
plat approval required (lot
a.) The division of any parcel of land shown as a
unit or as contiguous on the last preceding
- into 2 or more parcels, sites, or lots;
- any one of which is less than 5 acres;
- for the purpose, whether immediate or future, of transfer of
- along an existing public street, not involving the opening, widening
or extension of any street or road;
- up to four per year from an original tract or five if all land has
- see additional information under Lot
b.) The improvement of one or more parcels of land for residential,
commercial, or industrial structures or groups of structures involving the
division or allocation of land for the opening, widening, or extension of
any street or streets.
c.) The division or allocation of land as:
- open spaces for common use by owner, occupants or lease holders; or
- easements for the extension and maintenance of public sewer,
water, storm drainage or other public facilities.
The subdivision of land within Delaware County is reviewed by the DCRPC as
well as many other county agencies in order to ensure that the public
health, safety and welfare are protected. The review consists of
external factors such as water supply and sewer capacity, as well as the
internal design (safe street patterns and proper drainage). The process also
ensures there is public record of the lots or parcels created in the county
note that subdivision of existing, platted lots require submission of a
plat. Platted lots cannot be subdivided with the No Plat lot split
Access Driveways (CADs) are platted subdivisions and include the recording
of a Maintenance Agreement and the construction of the CAD prior to approval
and signature from the Regional Planning Commission.
are the rules?
When subdividing land, standards for improvements and platting are
prescribed by the Delaware County Subdivision Regulations for all land in
The subdivision regulations help the land owner understand what
type of subdivision they are planning, the necessary information and materials,
process to follow in order to finalize the plan
From small property divisions to large tract divisions, the regulations
provide guidance to the public for accomplishing their goals while meeting
the DCRPC’s standards. (For more info see Subdivision
What is the Cost?
Costs vary depending on the size of the project and include overall fees and
well as a per lot fee based on
each buildable lot. Funds are also collected on behalf of the Soil and Water
Conservation District and the Health District (if applicable). The fees charged by
DCRPC are found in
Schedule. The listed fees do not include preparation fees of the surveyor or engineer.
Where do I start?
It is advisable
to discuss the project with your
township zoning officer and DCRPC
staff. If the proposed development needs to be rezoned, that process is
separate from the Subdivision process and must be at least initiated before
a Preliminary Plan can be approved.
How long does it take?
Major subdivisions typically require
at least two meetings of the Regional Planning Commission, with the
development time dependent upon
the nature of the project and the level of improvements.
Platted subdivisions must go through the following three steps:
a Sketch Plan (site review):
This is a rough sketch that the staff distributes to a number of agencies.
We send the applicant notice of the date of the site walk and submit
comments several weeks afterward. The applicant and consultant will use
these comments to prepare the Preliminary Plan.
of a Preliminary
Plan: The requirements of the
Preliminary Plan are included in the Subdivision Regulations. This step
includes the parallel submission of Preliminary Engineering plans to the
County Engineer. The Preliminary Plan includes essentially the first few
pages of the Preliminary Engineering plans with enough detail to meet the
RPC requirements. Review will include a Technical Review Committee meeting
and the opportunity to resubmit revisions based on comments. Approval
requires an affirmative vote of the Regional Planning Commission at a
of a Final Plat: The Final Plat must
be circulated for approval by the local zoning inspector, the County
Engineer, and the Sanitary Engineer. Securing those signatures typically
requires a separate review of engineering plans and subdivider agreements.
Public improvements need to be either completed or bonded before
signature. Applicants must submit a draft copy of the Final Plat to the
RPC staff prior to circulating for signatures.
A combined agency flowchart is located on the
Application Forms page.
More information for the timeline of the various subdivision types
can be found in Section 200 of the Subdivision
Regulations. DCRPC application forms may be downloaded HERE.