Subdivisions

Overview

​The Itasca County Subdivision Ordinance establishes the requirements for all new divisions of real property by government subdivision description, metes and bounds description, a subdivision plat under the provisions of Minn. Stat. Chapt. 505; Registered Land Survey under the provision of Minn. Stat. Chapt. 508; and Townhouse; or Condominium, development under the provisions of Minn. Stat. Chapts. 515A and Chapter 515B

The subdivision ordinance can be found HERE.


A brief synopsis on real property divisions...

UP TO FOUR PARCELS

Since September 1, 1997, a government lot (ie, Lot 3, Lot 5) or quarter-quarter section (ie, NW-NW, SE-SW) may be divided into a total of four parcels by Government Subdivision or by Metes and Bounds description without any administrative approval.​

In order for these parcels to be developable and to obtain a zoning permit, all of the following standards shall be met:

1) All parcels created or proposed to be created shall meet or exceed the dimension, area, setbacks, and suitable area requirements of the Shoreland Overlay Zoning District or the land use zoning district in which any of the parcel totally or partially falls; ​​

​2) All parcels shall be suited for the purpose it is to be used as designated by the Zoning Ordinance;

​​​3) All parcels shall be capable of supporting two (2) standard septic treatment units as required by the State of Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Rules, Chapter 7080.3000, as amended; ​​

​4) No new public road is proposed or required to provide access to any parcel; and ​​

​5) A Certificate of Survey is filed with the County Surveyor and attached with the deed of transfer as an exhibit and the corner certificates are filed with the County Recorder, except for those parcels described by government subdivision description that are five (5.0) acres or larger in size. ​​

​Exception: Transfer of small parcels are allowed in the case of an encroachment provided a certificate of survey is filed with the County Surveyor and attached with the deed of transfer as an exhibit and the corner certificates are filed with the County Recorder. ​

FIVE OR MORE PARCELS

Minor Subdivision

​Any division of real property that would create five parcels but not more than nine parcels in a government lot or quarter-quarter section since September 1, 1997, shall be processed as a Minor Subdivision. This requires an administrative review and acceptance by the Planning Commission / Board of Adjustment.


Major Subdivision

​Any division of real property that would create more than nine parcels in a government lot or quarter-quarter section since September 1, 1997, or requires any variation from any requirements set forth in the Subdivision or Zoning Ordinances shall be processed as a Major Subdivision. This requires a public hearing and acceptance by the Planning Commission/Board of Adjustment.

​​The process for completing a Minor or Major Subdivision is set forth in the Subdivision Ordinance. The Environmental Services Department (218/327-2857) or the Surveyor’s Department (218/327-2854) may be contacted for more information.