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A minor subdivision is a division of land where only 2 lots are created; 1 new lot, and the remainder of the original parcel. Both parcels have new creation dates because of this division. Each lot must meet the dimensional criteria as specified in the zoning ordinance for the district in which it is located. Boundary Line Adjustments (BLA) and Lot Line Vacations are also considered minor subdivisions. BLAs are the way in which one parcel transfers acreage to or from an adjacent property. When 2 or more lots are being combined, it is considered a lot line vacation.
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The Planning Commission is empowered by Section 15.2-2160 - 2307 of the State Code of Virginia to:- Appoint subcommittees and/or advisory committees- Approve subdivision plats- Authorize the development of studies and surveys for the preparation of a comprehensive plan- Exercise general supervision of, and make regulations for, the administration of its affairs- Review the adopted comprehensive plan every 5 years- Review and recommend adoption of subdivision, zoning, Chesapeake Bay and other land development regulations and policies- Review and submit an annual capital improvement plan to the BOS
Family subdivisions can be created by right in the Rural Preservation (RP) zoning district only. Family subdivisions differ from minor subdivisions in 4 ways. First, after the land is transferred to the immediate family member it cannot be transferred to a non-immediate family member for 5 years. Secondly, the parcel transferred to a family member has to be a minimum of 2 acres (not 10 acres as required as a minor subdivision in the RP zoning district). Additionally, the newly created parcel has to be served by a 20 foot wide right-of-way from an existing state road. Finally, the parcel has to be used for their family member's immediate housing needs.