Minor Subdivision

A Minor Subdivision may consist of up to seven (7) new lots.

An applicant has the ability to use different ways, either singularly or as a combination, to create a new subdivision. The following highlight the types of subdivision techniques available:

  • Sliding Scale - one (1) lot may be created for every 100 acres or portion thereof and requires a letter stating that the property owner has the ability to create a lot of this type, no open space is required
  • Large Lot - defined by the particular zoning district, but may be as large as desired over the minimum required size, these lots do not require open space
  • Cluster Lot - ideally lots are concentrated in an area of the existing parcel such that the required open space permanently preserves natural features, farmland or even passive areas for community amenities

Some subdivisions may incorporate additional development rights in order to increase development potential, typically density in the case of a subdivision. Options include TDRs (Transfer Development Rights) or Non-Contiguous development rights. These types of development are infrequent, however, if one or both of these is anticipated, there will be more information needed with the submittal or may require a different type of application.

Forest conservation is almost always required of a subdivision. Even though a project may be "exempt", certain documentation is still required. Please refer to the Forest Conservation Act page for more information on what may be required for your submittal.


In some zoning districts, a pre-application conference with staff is required before submitting a subdivision application. Regardless of this requirement, staff recommends a meeting to go over any questions or concerns about a proposal before submittal.

Please open and download all the paperwork, so that you may be able to submit and file a complete application.