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What is a subdivision?
A subdivision is the division of a parcel of land described on a Certificate of Title.

A subdivision occurs when a single land title is split into two or more parts, property boundaries are rearranged, or a lease, mortgage or other instrument is registered that has the effect of subdividing the parcel.
Whatever the size of the subdivision or its purpose is, it will be up to the planning authority to decide whether or not it is desirable and conforms to local land use by-laws and plans.

How do I subdivide my land?
See A Guide to the Subdivision Process in Manitoba.
The Morden Community Planning Services office will receive applications for subdivision.

Contact information for the office and a map of their location can be found on the Manitoba Local Government web site.

What is the application process and how long will it take?
The length of time an application will take will vary depending on a number of factors including:

  • whether the application meets policies within the Development Plan. 
  • whether the applicant has provided sufficient information for all government departments to provide comments on the proposal;
  • whether any conditional use orders, variation orders or zoning by-law amendments are required;
  • how quickly a subdivision applicant meets all of the conditions of approval for their subdivision to enable the Approving Authority to issue a Certificate of Approval.

Who approves a subdivision application?
A subdivision approval is twofold. The subdivision must be approved by resolution of the Council for the Rural Municipality and by the Minister of Manitoba Local Government as the Approving Authority.

A Subdivision Drainage Plan is also required and must be approved by Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship. Click here for the drainage plan guidelines.

How much will it cost to subdivide my land?
Contact the MB Community Planning Office for current subdivision fees.
Other costs to consider when applying for a subdivision include:

  • Surveying costs;
  • Municipal capital lot levies;
  • Costs associated with obtaining any conditional use orders or variation orders that may be required;
  • Costs associated with any zoning by-law amendments or development agreements that may be required;
  • Costs associated with providing any additional information that may be required as part of the subdivision review (such information may 
  • include septic field suitability studies, drainage and topographic information or supply and demand analyses);
  • Costs to register the new parcels created by the subdivision as per The Land Titles Fee Registration under The Real Property Act.

Are fire protection and hazards considered when subdividing land?

Fire protection planning can help municipalities coordinate emergency services with land use planning to reduce risk and protect people, property and investment.  This guide discusses considerations during community development discussions. Fire Protection Guide for Land Use Planning 

Application for Subdivision