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can a lot be subdivided

Hi all:    I was looking at a house in cupertino that has a 1/2 acre lot.  With a house taking one side and a big empty space in the back year with some street access.  I  don't think I would need such a big yard.  I really like the house.   Could I buy the house and then partition to subdivide the lot and sell the part of the land that I don't need as a separete parcel?
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Kelingdun
  • March 10 2012 - Cupertino
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Check with your city.  Many cities have regulations regarding minimum lot size.
  • March 11 2012
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Check out with the Zoning and/or Planning Department of your town.  Towns have minimum sizes for lots depending on the zoning.  If you are not allowed to subdivide and create a lot on its own, you may want to approach the abutters to see if they are interested, in that case you are not creating a lot, but rather you will keep the minimum footage allowed and change the boundry lines to make the abutter's lot larger.  Good luck! 
  • March 11 2012
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Cities will have a current zoning map,  which most likely can be found on line, and in addition, they will have a general plan.  The current zoning indicates what the city currently intends the land for,  while the general plan will indicate possible future zoning.  Most likely by looking at Cupertino's zoning on line, you will find out if the current plan allows the lot to be subdivided,  a half acre lot would probably be something like R1- 20,000 .. meaning residential 1 unit per half acre.  However,  R1 -10,000 might indicate the possibility of splitting the lot,  other considerations would come to bear -- such as setbacks and easements -- which may make subdividing the land to build an additional structure not feasible.

If the subdivide ability issue is important,  and it looks possible .. speaking would be mandatory... ":)
  • March 11 2012
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Hi Kelingdun,

One way to check is to call the city planning commission and give them your address or your parcel number and ask if this is possible. There may be many issues that factor into a project, such as sidewalk dedication, etc.
I have talked to the Cupertino planning commission on many occasions, and have found them helpful. A survey may also be needed. There are good resources locally for that as well. Please let me know if you need referrals for a survey company.

Best regards,

Arpad
  • May 08 2012
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