Posted by ray@lcorn on January 15, 2000 at 13:02:15:
Make a trip to your local planning office. Check the current zoning. You need to verify that the property is zoned for the type of use you propose, e.g. residential/mobile home, plus whatever use the building will have. Hopefully no rezoning will be necessary since this is an existing use. The requirements of the appropriate zoning district will determine factors like minimum lot size, frontage and access requirements, etc. There will also be setback provisions that you need to be aware of before drawing the new lot lines.
Then you will need to consult the subdivision ordinance for the technical requirements for subdividing the land. Some jurisdictions do not require a survey, though I would highly recommend you do so whether required or not. Usually a local surveyor is familiar with the requirements of the juricsdiction, and can be a great help in guiding you through the process.
In most cases, getting a subdivision plat approved is an administrative approval type of matter, and will not require public hearings, planning commission approval, etc. You may want to take the oppportunity to get a copy of the zoning and subdivision ordinances, and the comprehensive plan while you are there. The information contained in those documents can make you, or save you, a fortune if you learn how to apply it.
In my experience, just walking into the planning department and asking for help is all that is needed to get the information you need. Treat them like people who can make you a lot of money, because the information they are sitting on is of utmost importance to anyone involved in real estate investment.