AZ Law on Subdivisions – Study for Exam
I am a licensed land surveyor in CA. I am studying for my exam in AZ. I noticed that state law says a subdivision is 4 or more lots, 2 or more if a new street is involved, and 2 or more if it’s dividing a parcel fixed by a “Recorded Plat”.
When I read some of the county ordinances (in 2 or 3 counties and cities) they allow up to 5 or fewer or some even 6 or fewer, and call them minor land divisions.
Is there something I’m missing here? Is there a provisions that allows the local county or city ordinance to trump the definition that the state has?
When they say a parcel that has it’s boundaries “Fixed” by a recorded plat, can that mean:
a Record of Survey (that shows a lot split)?
A Subdivision Map?
Can you keep splitting a lot, as long as it’s in compliance with zoning and other laws, or is there a limit before you have to file a Preliminary Plat with a City/County?
Thank you for you time!!!
ALSO: A long time ago I heard that Arizona uses the international foot and not the U.S. Foot. Does anyone know why? They redefined the meter in the 1950’s and that affected the definition of the foot, but “international” is deceiving……..it’s not used all around the world! Most of the u.s. uses the U.S. Survey foot.
Eric J. Ackerman, PLS, CFedS.
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