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Old 05-09-2009, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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Does anyone know if a city lot can be sub-divided? I am thinking of buying a lot just east of downtown and I would like to approach the neighbor about also buying part of their lot. My dream for retirement is to build a small home and have extra room (like 50' x 50') for a garden. I know a lot of San Antonians wouldn't be caught dead within 10 miles of downtown SA, but I have lived in Austin for 25 years and watched east Austin change from blight to gentrified yuppie paradise with homes that cost up to 800k. I missed that boat. I think I'm rugged enough to deal with the urban annoyances that plague downtown SA.
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Old 05-09-2009, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Seaford, Delaware
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I've done it. I bought half of my back neighbors lot and increased my yard. There is still an easment for the utilities, but as long as you do not build on the easment for the utilities, it's good. All you really need is the neighbor to say OK. That may be the hard part.
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Old 05-09-2009, 01:02 PM
 
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Lots of larger lots in my downtown neighborhood have been subdivided lately, so clearly it's not a problem.
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Old 05-09-2009, 01:14 PM
 
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It could possibly be done, depending on a number of factors. One of them is zoning. Lets say the lots are zoned "R5". That means residential 5000 square foot minimum lot size. If they have a 10,000 square foot lot, you could probably split it into two separate 5000 square foot lots and still be in compliance with the zoning. Another factor would be existing stuctures on the property, and whether they would comply with minumum setbacks after the split.

If splitting the property means something wouldn't comply, it could still be done, but it would have to be reviewed by the City's Planning & Zoning Commission. Surrounding property owners would be notified of your plans, there would be hearings, etc. Lots of hoops to jump through.
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Old 05-09-2009, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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Thanks, Shane. I'd like to hear more about how you did it. Who would I contact at the city about this?
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Old 05-11-2009, 08:08 AM
 
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The City's Planning and Development Services Department handles zoning, plats and such. Here is their website: Planning & Development Services Department
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