The Subdivision Process

(TREC #7723)

1      Introduction

1.1    Purpose of Course

This course will introduce the learners to the steps necessary for the formation of a subdivision. This course provides two continuing education hours for Realtors.

1.2    Course Description

With many lenders no longer accepting multiple residences on single properties, the chances of a Realtor dealing with dividing property has increased significantly. This course will instruct the Realtor as to how to divide property, what can be divided, and what to expect when dealing with the planning commission. Additionally, the course will introduce the learner to the process from a surveyor’s point of view – detailing the field, office, and approval processes.

1.3    Target Audience

Tennessee Realtors who may encounter properties requiring dividing.

1.4    Knowledge and Skill Prerequisites

The following knowledge and skill prerequisites are required from the participants:

  • English language skills
  • Web Browser and Geographical Information System (GIS) operation

1.5    Delivery Methods

This course is divided into 2 modules. Each module is comprised of individual lessons conveying information required for subsequent lessons.

Delivery of information takes place in a classroom setting as an interactive lecture. Graphic augmentation of the lecture content uses Prezi, PowerPoint, or slides/handouts. (Instructor will modify depending on available technology in the room.

 

2      Course Overview

2.1    Course Goals

Given access to the appropriate tools, the participant should be able to:

  • Describe the subdivision process.
  • Field client questions regarding dividing property and either answer them or direct them to the appropriate authority.
  • Preliminary determine if a client may divide a specific tract of land.

2.2    Learning Environment

The course will be offered in any venue that “contains adequate space, seating, and equipment” (TREC Rule 1260-05-.03(1)(b)) and not prohibited by TREC Rule 1260-05-.06(1)(a) “conducted in a facility which is also utilized for conducting business of a broker or brokerage firm.”

The layout and availability of equipment will dictate the use of overhead projection or paper handouts.

2.3    Course Outline

Module/Lesson Objective
Module 1: The Basics The leaners should be able to describe the subdivision process, discuss with the client their wants and needs regarding the property, and work with the client to determine options for the division of the land.
Lesson 1: Nomenclature The participants should be able to:·         Define terms relative to subdivisions.·         Describe limitations or restrictions common among regulations.
Lesson 2: Talking with Clients The participants should be able to discuss the desires of the client while emphasizing limitations of the land.
Lesson 3: Looking at the Land The participants should be able to:·         Access state or local GIS to determine if a property is suitable for division.·         Formulate options to divide the property with the client.
Summary

 

Module/Lesson Objective
Module 2: The Surveyor’s Side Learners should be able to describe how a surveyor divides property and subsequently gets that division recorded at the Register of Deeds office.
Lesson 1: Field Work The learners should be able to explain the process employed by a land surveyor to survey and divide property.
Lesson 2: The Approval Process The learners should be able to describe the process of submitting and gaining planning commission approval of a subdivision.
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2.4    Approximate Module Duration

Module Approximate Duration (Minutes)
Module 1: Background Information 50
Module 2: Reading Elevation Certificates 50
Total Module Duration 100 minutes

2.5    Approximate Course Duration

Total duration for the Elevation Certificate for Realtors course is 2 hours (100 minutes of instruction with 20 minutes of breaks).

3      Detailed Design

3.1    Module 1: The Basics

Module Objective: The leaners should be able to describe the subdivision process, discuss with the client their wants and needs regarding the property, and work with the client to determine options for the division of the land.

Lesson 1: Nomenclature
Lesson Objective: The participants should be able to define terms relative to subdivisions and describe limitations or restrictions common among regulations.
Topic Objective Instructional Activities
Topic 1: The participants should be able to:·         Define terms relative to subdivisions.·         Describe limitations or restrictions common among regulations. Explain:·         Show a diagram of a typical subdivision and explain each element.·         Introduce learners to the terms, variables, and definitions used in subdivision regulationsActivity:

Given visual aids/handouts, ask students to identify the different aspects of a subdivision.

Summary

 

Lesson 2: Talking with Clients
Lesson Objective: The participants should be able to discuss the desires of the client while emphasizing limitations of the land.
Topic Objective Instructional Activities
Topic 1: Conversation The participants should be able to discuss the desires of the client while emphasizing limitations of the land. Explain:·         Discuss the questions to ask clients regarding the division of land.·         Discuss the need to convey the process and limits involved with dividing land.Activity:

Have students engage with fellow students to determine how each other would like divide their properties.

 

Summary

 

Lesson 3: Talking with Clients
Lesson Objective: The participants should be able to access state or local GIS to determine if a property is suitable for division and formulate options to divide the property with the client.
Topic Objective Instructional Activities
Topic 1: Conversation The participants should be able to:·         Access state or local GIS to determine if a property is suitable for division.·         Formulate options to divide the property with the client. Explain:·         Demonstrate how to view property on a GIS.·         Discuss the variables that affect a division.·         Demonstrate how to determine options for dividing land.

Activity:

Have students develop rough designs for a particular parcel of land.

 

Summary

 

3.2    Module 2: The Surveyors Side

Module Objective: Learners should be able to describe how a surveyor divides property and subsequently gets that division recorded at the Register of Deeds office.

Lesson 1: Field Work
Lesson Objective: The learners should be able to explain the process employed by a land surveyor to survey and divide property.
Topic Objective Instructional Activities
Topic 1: The learners should be able to explain the process employed by a land surveyor to survey and divide property. Explain:·         Using visual aids, discuss the process of surveying and dividing land in the field.·         Explain how the surveyor, working with the client and the planning commission, develops a subdivision plan.Activity:

Ask leaners to explain how a surveyor might go about developing a particular parcel of land.

Summary

 

Lesson 2: The Approval Process
Lesson Objective: The learners should be able to describe the process of submitting and gaining planning commission approval of a subdivision.
Topic Objective Instructional Activities
Topic 1: The learners should be able to describe the process of submitting and gaining planning commission approval of a subdivision. Explain:Discuss the process of approval – from preliminary to final recorded plat – required by various planning commissions.Activity:Have learners explain what steps various maps may require for planning approval.

 

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