Subdivision Overview

Subdivision is the process in which a parcel of land is divided into 2 or more parcels in order to obtain separate legal titles for each parcel. The provincial Ministry of Government Relations (MGR) is the approving authority for subdividing land in the R.M.

Process


A copy of the subdivision application is provided to the R.M. Planning Department for review, which must include a plan of proposed subdivision prepared by a Saskatchewan Land Surveyor. The plan of proposed subdivision shows the location, dimensions and boundaries of the parcels to be subdivided and includes sites features such as access, adjacent roadways, bodies of water, existing buildings, municipal or environmental reserve lands and utility rights-of-way.

The Planning Department reviews the subdivision application for compliance with the relevant Official Community Plan and Zoning Bylaw and any other planning policies; with a report and recommendation prepared for Council. If the application complies with all requirements, Council can recommend to the MGR that the subdivision application be approved. Download a sample plan of proposed subdivision, courtesy of the MGR for more information.

Contact a Surveyor


For a list of Saskatchewan Land Surveyors practicing in the R.M. and City of Saskatoon, view the Surveyor Vendor List or conduct an online search.

Note
: In some cases, a rezoning will be required to support the proposed subdivision, please Contact the Planning Department to confirm if your property will need to be rezoned to support the proposed subdivision. The application for a rezoning should accompany your application to subdivide the land. Visit our Rezoning page for more information. 


Application Form 


The Application to Subdivide Land Form (PDF), which is supplied by the MGR must be completed in order to make an application. Application fees for a subdivision are paid to the MGR however subdivision servicing fees may be required to be paid to the R.M. 
 

Subdivision Servicing Fees


In order to recover the Municipality’s cost of providing services, the R.M. requires subdivision servicing fees to be paid according to the following:

  • All new single and multi parcel residential subdivision: $6,560 per lot
  • Subdivisions involving existing residential development: exempt
  • New commercial or industrial subdivisions: $10,560 per lot, however Council reserves the right to increase the amount on a case by case basis if the subdivision may result in additional capital costs resulting from the subdivision

Single Severance Residential Subdivision


This is for landowners who wish to make application for in excess of 2 building sites on a ¼ section (or 1 building site per 80 acre parcel) to a maximum of 5 building sites per ¼ section (or 3 building sites per 80 acre parcel).

Multi-Parcel Subdivision


This is for landowners who wish to make application in excess of 5 building sites per 1/4 section, or 3 building sites per 80 acres; as well as for commercial, industrial or intensive recreational purposes. 

Consolidation and Parcel Tie Removal


This is for landowners who wish to make application to consolidate two or more parcels, or who wish to remove existing ties between two or more parcels. 

Approval

 
If an applicant receives subdivision approval, they must meet the conditions of approval, which may include such things as entering into servicing agreements, dedicating municipal or environmental reserve, paying subdivision servicing fees or upgrading roadways or other services. Once these conditions of approval have been met, the MGR will endorse the subdivision, which will allow the plan to be registered at the Land Titles Office in order to create the new legal titles for the new parcels of land.

Land Dedication (Municipal and Environmental Reserve)

Municipal Reserve


Provincial legislation requires that Municipal Reserve (MR) dedications must be provided at the time of subdivision. Residential subdivisions are 10% of the gross area and all other types of subdivisions are 5%. In many cases, and especially for single severance subdivisions, the R.M. will take a monetary cash-in-lieu payment instead of land dedication. The payment must equal the market value of the required land in a subdivided, but unserviced state.

As MR is a provincial requirement, this value cannot be verified until after the MGR has referred the application to the R.M.  For example, the first parcel subdivided from the quarter section may be exempt from MR. Generally once you know the size of parcel you are subdividing you can estimate the size of MR to be required. Using a 10 acre subdivision as an example, 10% of this parcel would equal a 1 acre land dedication or a cash-in-lieu payment equating to this market value. The R.M. completed a MR market valuation in 2015 and once the MR value is confirmed by MGR the Planning Department can provide you with updated information on the estimated market value for cash-in-lieu.
 

Environmental Reserve

 
Provincial legislation requires that some lands be designated as Environmental Reserve (ER) at the time of subdivision. These parcels may contain such things as ravines, coulees, swamps, water courses or lands that are unstable, needed to help prevent pollution, preserve lake shores or to help protect against floods.

An ER parcel may be left in its natural state or developed as a public park while having regard as to why the land is designated as ER.  There is no minimum requirement for ER dedications, these will be site dependent.