A Subdivision Map is the process through which property is created and transferred and is also the legal method of obtaining approvals for the right to develop property for a particular use. A Subdivision Map is used to create five (5) or more parcels. This is one of the differences between a Parcel Map and a Subdivision Map. This type of development is normally associated with full urban improvements which would include paved streets, curb, gutter and sidewalk, fire hydrants, street lights, comprehensive drainage system, water and sewer services, utilities, and other infrastructure found in urban areas. Subdivision Maps are subject to the Subdivision Map Act and local City and/or County ordinances. There are 2 processes involved with Subdivision Maps. The first process is the Tentative Subdivision Map. During this process the public agency will complete an in-depth environmental review of the project and Conditions of Approval on the project. The second process is the Final Subdivision Map. This process starts after the public agency has approved the Tentative Subdivision Map. During this process all the Conditions of Approval are satisfied, all improvements are constructed or bonded for, the boundary and interanal property lines are determined, the final subdivision map is prepared and processed, and the Subdivision Map is recorded at the County Recorder’s Office.
Northstar Engineering has processed a multitude of Subdivision Maps through a wide variety of Public Agencies throughout Northern California. The entitlement process can be a long and confusing process, particularly with the different public agency requirements. NorthStar Engineering Civil Design Department will work with the various agencies to develop a functional and visually appealing improvement plan for the project. Northstar Engineering will also aid the client through the process and work with the client and the Public Agency to make sure the process moves forward in a timely and efficient manner.