Subdivisions - Property and Land Development

Farm, Rural Lifestyle, Urban Residential, Commercial and Industrial Subdivisions 

Our professional team at Survey Gisborne Limited can undertake all types of subdivision proposals and projects, from the smaller "Residential Infill" subdivisions to the much larger farm and "greenfield" subdivisions as well as everything in between.

Examples of the different types of subdivisions that can be undertaken are as follows:

Urban / Residential "Infill" Subdivisions - these types of subdivisions involve subdividing an existing property within a "residential" zone of a city or town into two or more smaller allotments where existing infrastructure is already in place.  Many local authorities encourage “infill” subdivisions within cities in order to minimise the spread of urban sprawl.  In Gisborne, for instance, development on the fringes of the city is controlled to protect the fertile soils of the Poverty Bay flats and other productive land.

Residential "Greenfield" Subdivisions - these types of subdivisions allow for larger areas of land that has not yet been developed within a "residential" zone to create multiple new allotments with new infrastructure.  Two such recent examples are the "Copperfield" development and the "Sponge Bay" development. 

Rural Lifestyle Subdivisions - these types of subdivisions allow for land on the fringes of the cities or towns that are not zoned "residential" or "productive" to be subdivided into two or more allotments.  These new allotments  are usually considerably larger than their residential counterparts.

Industrial / Commercial Subdivisions - these types of subdivisions generally occur within the industrial or commercial zones of the local authority's District Plan.

Farm / Rural Subdivisions - these types of subdivisions involve the splitting up of farms and forestry blocks.

Boundary Adjustment Surveys - these surveys are undertaken where an existing legal cadastral boundary between two properties needs to be realigned.  Under the Resource Management Act 1991 this type of survey is still considered to be a subdivision and therefore still requires resource consent from the local authority.  This is quite common in the rural areas when landowners want to realign their legal boundaries with a neighbouring property.


No project is either too big or too small.  Call the team at Survey Gisborne Limited for further information on the above subdivisions to discuss your proposal further.  A survey estimate and approximate timeline of a subdivision process can be provided to prospective clients.