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I love my mother-in-law but I never planned on living with her permanently. I have been enjoying her living with us now that we have kids but I feel like we all need some extra space so I am getting a granny flat built at the back of our block. This should allow us to have some extra space to make sure everyone has the privacy that they need whilst we can still be a family. This block has some tip on the process of building a granny flat including how to choose a contractor and how to get the council approval for the build.


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Factors to Consider When Subdividing Land

by Chloe Cooper

Subdivision is an essential part of the housing sector. As an investor in construction, you may buy land and subdivide it for sale. You could also build housing units for sale. For any of this to happen, you need to divide the property. Here are essential considerations to make when subdividing land.  

Zoning Laws 

Many laws focus on the construction and subdivision of land. There are specific laws on zoning in different parts of Australia. Furthermore, local counties have local zoning legislation. You can get this information from the local county's website. The laws will tell you the minimum size of land for one housing unit and the part of the property that can. 

If you are building, consult an experienced builder who will help you get a planning permit. Having a clear understanding of the zoning laws is advantageous to you. Some councils will make variations on lot sizes. A 5% variation can ensure that you can increase the number of plots after subdivision.  

Shape and Slope 

If you are buying land to subdivide, think about the land shape and slope. It reduces the amount of space you can use for building. It can also make your lot challenging to access. A hill will similarly affect the lot. The slope of your land can make construction impractical. Think about what you plan to put up on the ground. Find out whether the shape of the land allows for development. 

Building on sloppy lots may also cost more money. You may need to level the land that will add to the overall cost of the project. Shape and slope also determine how many units you can build. It may seem like a lot of property; you may only create a few houses. Accessibility may also hinder construction. It may also make it also make the house unattractive for buyers.

Sanitation Services 

The land should be near water service providers, sewerage companies and power. A lack of sanitation infrastructure will raise the costs of construction. If you are subdividing to sell the lots, you may have a hard time convincing people to buy the land. If development costs a lot of money, it will cut into your profits. Getting power and water connections in the area will also take a lot of time.   


Land subdivision is an integral part of the construction process. Ensure that you think about the above points before buying land for development.