What is a subdivision?

A subdivision is the division of a tract of land into 2 or more lots, which generally requires the creation of 1 or more roads. The Planning Board, in a public hearing reviews subdivision plans, notice for which is given in the newspaper and to abutters within 300 feet of the project. The Planning Board reviews subdivision plans to ensure the adequacy of the new roads, drainage, utilities and lots being created. The Planning Board has only limited authority over the construction and placement of buildings within subdivisions.