What Is A Paper Subdivision?

10/10/2012 9:53 am

A Paper Subdivision refers to land which consists of lots that only have recognition on paper and, in most cases, have no formed infrastructure or services.

Most paper subdivisions have been in existence for many years, some originating as long ago as the late 1800s. The land is likely to have remained largely undeveloped and often has little or no development potential under existing zonings. Lots typically range in size from 200m2 to 20,000m2 and are usually held in separate titles by multiple landowners.

Typical locations of paper subdivisions in NSW include:

  • Riverstone and Marsden Park;
  • Parts of Jervis Bay; and
  • South Buttaba Hills Estate.

The land use zoning and lack of services have often prevented or limited development on paper subdivision land. However, the landowners may have the expectation that over time the lots will be rezoned for residential purposes and become available for dwelling approval and may also assume that the infrastructure to facilitate rezoning and dwelling construction will be funded by government.

For a paper subdivision to be available for development the land will need to be appropriately rezoned, a plan of subdivision will need to be prepared, details of the necessary infrastructure and subdivision works will need to be ascertained, and the infrastructure and works will need to be funded and programmed for provision.

The principal difficulty in achieving the development of paper subdivisions is often that the large and diverse number of landowners involved frequently have limited development expertise and access to funding to enable the re-subdivision of the land to meet contemporary subdivision standards.